James Encinas, Acting Director, and Mohammed Choudhury, Policy Manager of TNU write: Let the record show that a majority of the voting members of the United Teachers of Los Angeles now support a robust evaluation system including student test scores.
Last week, UTLA members voted to approve a supplemental evaluation agreement created by the UTLA and the LAUSD in response to Judge James Chalfant’s ruling that students’ California Standards Test scores must be a part of teacher evaluations.
Out of 16,892 ballots cast, 66% of teachers voted for an evaluation system that:
• provides specific, actionable feedback ;
• includes reliable, timely student growth data;
• incorporates multiple measures of teacher impact in addition to student growth as measured by standardized assessments;
• identifies high-performing teachers who can share best practices with other teachers; and
• identifies teachers who are underperforming so that they can receive targeted professional development.
At the same time, the agreement reached by the UTLA and the LAUSD rejects the high-stakes use of value-added measures in evaluating teachers – a practice the LAUSD initially supported. Instead, multiple measures of student progress will be used in the evaluation process – a strategy that has been shown, most … Read More