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Dorsey High teacher is "all for" judge's ruling on teacher evaluation

File: An empty classroom.
File: An empty classroom.

Outside the courthouse, Dorsey High School chemistry teacher David Wu lingered to talk about today's ruling. He has worked for L.A. Unified for five years, initially starting under Teach for America. 

"I really wanted a deadline," Wu said. "...I've been in the system for five years and I'm afraid that when July 24 rolls around, the district and UTLA will not actually agree on something that the judge would like to hear."

He said he is "all for" having student performance data included in his teaching evaluation.

"I've never had a job where performance and some type of performance data wasn't tied to my evaluation. It's absurd," Wu said. "Even as little or as much. It's absurd to me. One of my biggest goals to get kids to learn is this test and beyond that test...If it's one part of the multiple measures, I'm all for it."

He said he's received his Academic Growth over Time rating and has used that to inform his teaching, but he understands why there has been a lot of push back to having it included in teacher evaluations.

"There's a lot of blame," Wu said. "It's called the blame game, when you don't get the data you [want to] see you are afraid and you blame other factors, like it's the kids, they can't learn which is just not right, or my room is too dirty, or my principal is not supportive enough.

"And I feel that a lot of times people are just looking for an out and people are afraid because people are afraid of what data could say about them, even though it's not the whole measure they're just afraid because it's never been done."

Next year Wu will attend USC Marshall School of Business. He said he plans to return to teaching afterward.

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