Incident 239: Algorithmic Teacher Evaluation Program Failed Student Outcome Goals and Allegedly Caused Harm Against Teachers

Description: Gates-Foundation-funded Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching Initiative’s algorithmic program to assess teacher performance reportedly failed to achieve its goals for student outcomes, particularly for minority students, and was criticized for potentially causing harm against teachers.


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Alleged: Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed students , low-income minority students and Teachers.

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Here's How Not to Improve Public Schools · 2018

The Gates Foundation’s big-data experiment wasn’t just a failure. It did real harm.

The Gates Foundation deserves credit for hiring an independent firm to assess its $575 million program to make public-school teachers more effective. Now th…


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