Grading LA's Teachers: How Important Are Test Scores?

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The United Teachers of Los Angeles, which represents most teachers at LA Unified, has called for a boycott of the Los Angeles Times. The paper obtained records on 6,000 teachers and used student scores on standardized tests to evaluate teacher performance. It's already published the names of some who did well and some who did not, and promises to publish the rest in the future. The Union calls it an "attack on the profession."  On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the 14th Amendment, citizenship and the children of illegal immigrants, and General David Petraeus and American withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Third-graders at Morningside Elementary School in San Fernando listen to teacher Zenaida Tan. Photo: © Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times