Published Online: February 19, 2013

LA Unified to use test scores to rate teachers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Standardized test scores and other measures of student achievement will count for 30 percent of a teacher's performance evaluation in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Superintendent John Deasy announced the new appraisal guidelines on Friday after both the school board and the teachers union approved an agreement allowing measures of pupil progress to be used in evaluations.

Deasy says the remaining 70 percent of the guidelines will comprises classroom observation and other factors.

The 2013-14 guidelines are the result of a court order stemming from a lawsuit.

The suit charged that the district was violating state law by not using student test scores to evaluate teachers.

The teachers union United Teachers Los Angeles has opposed the use of standardized test scores to rank classroom instructors.

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