As California Supreme Court mulls Vergara appeal, a case on teacher evaluations will be heard this week
As the California Supreme Court considers whether to take up an appeal of an appellate court ruling in Vergara v. California, which has been extended to Aug. 22, the advocacy group that brought the landmark case will be in a Northern California courtroom Friday for a hearing on a case involving teacher evaluations. Last year Students...
By Sarah Favot | July 26, 2016
Price of LAUSD, teachers union split on evaluations: $171 million
While the teachers union and LA Unified are united in spirit that the district should not lose $47 million in state money over faulty attendance record keeping, their disagreement on another issue could cost them nearly four times as much from Washington. The district has until March 31 to apply for federal waiver that allows...
By Vanessa Romo | March 25, 2015
Labor board rules against LAUSD for teacher evaluations
* UPDATED LA Unified violated state employment laws by imposing an evaluation system on members of its teacher union, UTLA, a state agency said in a tentative ruling made public today. If the ruling made on Christmas Eve by the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) stands, the district would have to stop the evaluation process,...
By Vanessa Romo | January 9, 2015
Education secretary eases up on teacher performance standards
Via NY Times | by Motoko Rich Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced on Thursday that states could delay the use of test results in teacher-performance ratings by another year, an acknowledgment, in effect, of the enormous pressures mounting on the nation’s teachers because of new academic standards and more rigorous standardized testing. Using language...
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Editorial: Doubts about teacher evaluations and test scores
Via The Los Angeles Times | By the Editorial Board A new study out of USC and the University of Pennsylvania finds that value-added measurements — a way of using student test scores to evaluate teacher performance — aren’t a very good way of judging teacher quality. This isn’t the first study to cast doubt...
By LA School Report | May 14, 2014
LA Unified-UTLA Talks on Labor Charge is Postponed
An informal conference to discuss a possible settlement in one of the teachers union’s unfair labor practice charges against the LA Unified School District has been postponed; it was supposed to have taken place Thursday. It’s not clear when the sides will meet. The union filed the action in June with the Public Employee Relations Board (or...
By Hillel Aron | September 24, 2013
District Urges Board to Dismiss Union’s Unfair Practice Charge
LA Unified is urging the Public Employment Relations Board to dismiss the teacher’s union’s unfair labor practice charge, filed in June. The nine-page district response, dated August 15 and posted today by the LA Daily News, outlines a series of reasons that the district says shows that the charges are without merit. The issue at hand is over...
By Hillel Aron | August 23, 2013
Morning Read: New Rules Expose Old Rifts for CA Schools
A Compelling or Distracting NCLB Waiver? Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s approval of the CORE districts’ waiver from unattainable provisions of the No Child Left Behind law, exposed some old and some new internecine disputes in California education. EdSource State Begins Work Revising Teacher Preparation Based on Common Core The state’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing has approved a...
By LA School Report | August 7, 2013
Teacher Evaluations Still a Work in Progress
Teacher evaluations for the 2012-13 school year were due about a month ago. Even though they included a section for “student achievement,” it’s safe to say that particular section was a work in progress. “There was literally just a few weeks to get it implemented, and we had to implement it according to the courts,”...
By Hillel Aron | June 14, 2013
Senators’ Silence Dooms Teacher Evaluation Bill
To the surprise of almost no one, a bill that sought to make changes to California rules on how to evaluate teachers failed to pass the Senate Committee on Education during its second-chance hearing Wednesday. What was particularly notable about the bill’s failure was the absence of the majority of the Committee’s members during the...
By Samantha Oltman | May 2, 2013