| Sep 1, 2010
Los Angeles school board members made their first public statements Tuesday about evaluating teachers partially by analyzing student test scores, with most saying that the current system needs to be reworked and some adding that parents deserve more...
| Aug 29, 2010
Steve Franklin, a middle school teacher in L.A. Unified, had some issues with The Times series on teacher evaluations, so he fired off a letter to the editor. It read, in part:
"When somebody can prove that high test scores produce good citizens,...
| Aug 17, 2010
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Monday that parents have a right to know if their children's teachers are effective, endorsing the public release of information about how well individual teachers fare at raising their students' test scores....
| Aug 21, 2010
The head of the Los Angeles teachers union said Saturday that he has accepted city school district officials' proposal to reopen negotiations over teacher evaluations but stopped short of saying whether a method tying teacher reviews to their students'...
| Oct 21, 2010
The New York City school system announced Wednesday that it will release ratings for nearly 12,000 teachers based on student test scores, potentially giving the public an unprecedented window into the effectiveness of instructors at the nation's largest...
| Sep 1, 2010
On Sunday, The Times made public a database of "value-added" ratings for about 6,000 Los Angeles Unified School District teachers. Rankings from "least effective" to "most effective" were assigned to teachers based on an analysis of whether they...
| Aug 23, 2010
SACRAMENTO -- Grading teachers based on how much their students learn should be a no-brainer.
In fact, state law for more than three decades has required that pupil progress be one of the factors in evaluating teachers.
But, as it turns out, when...
| Nov 14, 2010
WASHINGTON -- Roxanne Brummell has thrived in what many consider the toughest new testing ground for teachers in the nation.
The fifth-grade teacher in Washington, D.C., earned a "highly effective" rating under the district's controversial system that...
| Dec 11, 2010
For The Record
Teacher scores: A Dec. 11 article in the LATExtra section reported that a preliminary study by education experts had found that teachers whose students said they "taught to the test" scored lower than average on value-added analysis. In...
| Aug 29, 2010
It's a Wednesday morning, and Zenaida Tan is warming her students up with a little exercise in "Monster Math."
That's Tan's name for math problems with monstrously big numbers. While most third-graders are learning to multiply two digits by two digits,...
| Mar 27, 2011
| 7:24 PM
Like almost every teacher at this Hawaiian Gardens middle school, science instructor John Laird posts his students' standardized test results in the back of his classroom.
But right next to them, Laird also put up his own evaluation. "This is my report...