Harris, Douglas N., Value-Added Measures in Education: What Every Educator Needs to Know. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press, 2011.


Provides a well-argued technical, but understandable, analysis of the pros and cons of using value-added measures in accountability systems for making policy decisions on individual teachers, schools, programs, and state standards-based on aggregates of student achievement data.

Broad Topical Focus

Curriculum Evaluation, Curriculum Policies and Policy Making

Source Discipline


Mode of Inquiry in the Study

Evaluative Inquiry

Type of Study

Single Study

Narrow Topic

Curriculum Standards and Testing, Student Assessment, Teacher Evaluation, Program Audit/Evaluation, Evaluation of Instruction


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