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Moneyball: A Rhetorical Tool to Win an Unfair Game.

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The invoking of the Moneyball approach to education reform has been particularly evident in conversations about the use of student test scores on high-stakes standardized tests to evaluate teachers and principals through so-called value-added models (VAMs). Although, I touch on these and other topics concerning the application of a Moneyball ethos to data-driven decision making, most of my analysis will be trained more recent ideological deployments of the signifier Moneyball around education debates. Specifically, I analyze more recent ideological deployments of Moneyball to further conservative, neo-liberal versions of school reform, such as school privatization through vouchers and the expansion of for-profit charter schools.

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The invoking of the Moneyball approach to education reform has been particularly evident in conversations about data-driven decision making and teacher evaluation. My analysis in this paper, however, will be trained more recent ideological deployments of the signifier Moneyball around conservative, neo-liberal versions of school reform, in particular school privatization through vouchers and the expansion of for-profit charter schools.

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Magnolia Room A

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Moneyball: A Rhetorical Tool to Win an Unfair Game.

Magnolia Room A

The invoking of the Moneyball approach to education reform has been particularly evident in conversations about the use of student test scores on high-stakes standardized tests to evaluate teachers and principals through so-called value-added models (VAMs). Although, I touch on these and other topics concerning the application of a Moneyball ethos to data-driven decision making, most of my analysis will be trained more recent ideological deployments of the signifier Moneyball around education debates. Specifically, I analyze more recent ideological deployments of Moneyball to further conservative, neo-liberal versions of school reform, such as school privatization through vouchers and the expansion of for-profit charter schools.