LAUSD to vote on teacher evaluation plans

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES The school board will vote on a list of proposals to evaluate teacher effectiveness. Then, the teachers' union, /*United Teachers Los Angeles*/, needs to come up with its plan so both sides to begin the bargaining process.

Both sides agree that an overhaul of the evaluation system is needed, but they don't believe that standardized test scores is the only way to determine teacher effectiveness in the classroom.

The district wants to move ahead of the plan and not drag out the negotiations. The /*LAUSD*/ wants a system that includes principals observing teachers, parent and student surveys, attendance rates as well as value-added data.

The analysis of such data has been controversial because it ranks a teacher's performance based on student test scores.

/*LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines*/ said considering value-added data analysis is just one small part of the district's overall plan.

"This is not just about the classroom teacher. I believe that everybody needs to be looked at how they are supporting the learning going on in the classroom. It is not just the classroom teacher," said Cortines, who included librarians and administrators under the umbrella.

United Teachers Los Angeles said that it supports a fair and comprehensive plan to overhaul the teacher evaluation system. UTLA will support a system that helps teachers strengthen their practice, but the union opposes using only the value-added analysis to weed out teachers who are not making the grade.

The public will have an opportunity to comment on the district's proposals before the school board votes Tuesday afternoon.

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