Evaluating Our Teachers, Part 2

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Last night we heard about the Los Angeles Times blockbuster education report, the release of records on 6000 3rd through 5th grade elementary teachers and what's called a "value added" analysis of their success or failure based on student performance on standardized English and Math tests. We also heard A.J. Duffy, the President of the United Teachers of LA, call the process a "disgrace" and ask union members to boycott the paper.  But the Times plans to put all 6000 names and their on line, and today President Obama's Education Secretary Arne Duncan said parents have a right to know if their children's teachers are effective. California Education Secretary Bonnie Reiss said school districts should do the same thing on their own. The Times says those endorsements prove that the issue of teacher accountability is now bipartisan.



  • Steve Zimmer - LA Unified School District; candidate for School Board District 4 seat - @lausd_zimmer
  • Mike Piscal - Founder and CEO, ICEF Public Schools
  • Joan Herman - Director of the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing, UCLA


Warren Olney