DON'T MISS THIS IMPORTANT ACADEMIC RESEARCH PIECE... If you wish to know the reality, the evidence behind the testing mania that has gripped this nation. YOU need to read this NOW because This article, is OPEN ACCESS FOR ONE WEEK only. Written by VAM critic Audrey Amrein-Beardsley and Jessica Holloway-Libell. about the lack of evidence for VAM ( value added measures used to evaluate teachers) it offers real research. This nation depends on the media to learn about complex issues, and that is why Pearson, Duncan and those who need to end public education can perpetrate such an assault on the profession of teaching... for THAT is what VAM i all about! It evaluates NOTHING -- not the reasons for student performance or the practice of the teacher. Its only purpose is to iNVENT FAILURE for the schools, so that the legislature can take it over.. as they are doing in states across America, with such speed, that by the time the people wake up, public education --the road to opportunity for Americans-- will be closed.