LA Teachers Approve New Evaluation Standards

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

After months of negotiations, the Los Angeles Unified School District and its teachers union have reached a compromise that will now use a controversial multifactor system to evaluate teacher performance.

In a two-thirds vote, United Teachers Los Angeles members ratified an agreement with the district that calls for evaluations based on a mix of raw data from the California Standards Test, "robust classroom observation" and school-level data based on the concept of Academic Growth over Time.

One of the earlier and more controversial proposals from Superintendent John Deasy - to use AGT results of individual students in evaluating a teacher - will not be factored into the final evaluations, although those individual scores can be used to give "perspective" in looking at past CST results by the teacher.

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