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LA Unified, union OK test scores to judge teachers

Posted: November 30, 2012 3:46 p.m.
Updated: November 30, 2012 3:46 p.m.

Scott Steckler, principal at George Cox Elementary School in Gretna, looks over a printout of classroom evaluations Oct. 18, 2012. The evaluations have become critical as teachers' jobs are now tied to student performance and classroom observation as educators comply with new policies across the state.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Unified School District has reached an agreement with its teachers union over using state standardized test scores to evaluate teachers.

The district said Friday the tentative agreement stipulates that classroom observation will form the bulk of a teacher's performance appraisal, but test scores will also be included.

The agreement comes just days ahead of a court-ordered deadline scheduled for Tuesday. A judge had ordered the district and United Teachers Los Angeles to come to an agreement to resolve a lawsuit that says the district was violating state law by not using test scores as a measure of teacher performance.

Union president Warren Fletcher says test scores will only be used to set a teacher's performance objectives, not for the final evaluation.


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