Sunday, November 6, 2011

Re: Evaluations Ignore Education Factors

Some blog followers might be interested in “Re: Evaluations Ignore Education Factors” [Hake (2011)]. The abstract reads:

ABSTRACT: James Horn his ARN-L post “guest column on TN teacher eval system," pointed to his Knoxville News Sentinel “Guest Column: Evaluations ignore education factors” at

Therein Horn wrote (paraphrasing): “Almost no one, especially researchers, would agree with Mike Edwards’ “Guest Column: Grading teachers vital to education” contention that teachers are the most important factor in a child’s education. What the research. . . . .[[My insert: as is typical in newspaper articles, no references are given!]]. . . consistently shows, rather, is that teachers are the most important school-level factor in student learning, and that other non-school factors including family income, parental influence, health, poverty and safety combine to shape a child’s school achievement in ways that even the greatest teachers cannot account for.”

In this post I list over 30 Definitive Academic References supporting Horn’s contention that NON-SCHOOL FACTORS ARE IMPORTANT IN SHAPING CHILDREN'S SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENT. Readers may wish to suggest additions to this list.

To access the complete 23 kB post please click on

Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
Honorary Member, Curmudgeon Lodge of Deventer, The Netherlands
President, PEdants for Definitive Academic References
which Recognize the Invention of the Internet (PEDARRII)

REFERENCES [All URL’s shortened by and accessed on 6 Nov 2011.]
Hake, R.R. 2011. “Re: Evaluations Ignore Education Factors” online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at . Post of 6 Nov 2011 18:41:49 -0800 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract and link to the complete post are being transmitted to several discussion lists.

No comments: