AirTalk for March 16, 2010

LAUSD panel recommends overhaul of teacher reviews

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Teacher Amanda Morton reads a story to kindergarten students at Harlem Success Academy, a free, public elementary charter school in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City on March 30, 2009.

A Los Angeles Unified School District panel is expected to recommend major changes to the way that teachers are evaluated. Today the 50 member group, made up of teachers, administrators, union members, and parents, is expected to suggest using student test scores in teacher evaluations, paying high-performing teachers more, and extending the probationary period for tenure from two years to four years. The panel also wants to stop basing layoffs and staffing decisions on seniority. How important are student test scores for teacher reviews, and would these policies ensure more effective teachers?

Guests:


Marlene Canter, member of the LA Unified Task Force, former member of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education

Jordan Henry, member of Teacher Effectiveness Task Force and UTLA Chapter Chair

Jason Song, Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times


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