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September 15, 2010 | By Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times
Hundreds of Los Angeles Unified School District teachers rallied in front of The Times on Tuesday evening, protesting what they said was unfair reporting in recent articles that used a statistical analysis to rank the performance of thousands of instructors. The teachers, many of them wearing red union T-shirts, waved placards that said: "Shame on the L.A. Times" and "We Demand Fair Reporting. " As organizers shouted through bullhorns and others stood on a podium that had been set up on the sidewalk, the procession marched in a circle in front of the newspaper building on 1st Street.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2010 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
A group of business and civic leaders is urging the Los Angeles school district and teachers union to quickly develop a new evaluation system that incorporates student test score data and gives families more access to information about instructors. "This system should be transparent and the results of the teacher evaluations should be made available to parents," said a letter signed by former U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher, as well as the presidents of both the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Greater L.A., and 18 other people.
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September 2, 2010 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
A group of business and civic leaders is urging the Los Angeles school district and teachers union to quickly develop a new evaluation system that incorporates student test score data and gives families more access to information about instructors. "This system should be transparent and the results of the teacher evaluations should be made available to parents," said a letter signed by former U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher, as well as the presidents of both the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Greater L.A., and 18 other people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2010 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
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 information about their children's teachers. "As a parent, I think I have a right to know," said board member Nury Martinez, who added that she did not believe that the general public should be able to see a teacher's entire review. Martinez also acknowledged that the district has lagged in updating its evaluation system.
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September 1, 2010 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
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 information about their children's teachers. "As a parent, I think I have a right to know," said board member Nury Martinez, who added that she did not believe that the general public should be able to see a teacher's entire review. Martinez also acknowledged that the district has lagged in updating its evaluation system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2010 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
National and local teachers unions sharply criticized The Times on Sunday when the newspaper published a database of about 6,000 third- through fifth-grade city school teachers ranked by their effectiveness in raising student test scores. "It is the height of journalistic irresponsibility to make public these deeply flawed judgments about a teacher's effectiveness," said a statement issued by United Teachers Los Angeles. The database is part of a Times series that rated teachers by using a "value-added" analysis based on seven years of standardized test scores obtained from the Los Angeles Unified School District.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 2010 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will call for all states and school districts to make public whether their instructors are doing enough to raise students' test scores and to share other school-level information with parents, according to a text of a speech he is scheduled to make Wednesday. "The truth is always hard to swallow, but it can only make us better, stronger and smarter," according to remarks he plans to deliver in Little Rock, Ark. "That's what accountability is all about -- facing the truth and taking responsibility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2010
This is the second in a Times series examining the effectiveness of teachers and schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District using a statistical analysis of students' California Standards Test scores in math and English. It covers the academic years 2002-03 through 2008-09. What is "value-added" analysis? "Value-added" looks at each student's past test performance and uses it to project his or her future performance. The difference between the child's actual and projected results is the estimated "value" that the teacher or school added (or subtracted)
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August 21, 2010 | By Phil Willon and Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
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' test scores would be on the table. Los Angeles Unified School District leaders on Friday requested that the union consider making the method, known as value-added analysis, count for part of teachers' evaluations -- a move that would transform how instructors are assessed in the nation's second-largest school district.
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