Here’s Why L.A.’s New Changes to Teacher Evaluation Are Bad for Students and Teachers

Thomas Toch:

In the nearly 650,000-student Los Angeles Unified School District, the local union, United Teachers Los Angeles, recently won changes that permit veteran teachers in the nation’s second largest school system to be evaluated as infrequently as twice a decade; makes it more difficult to use evaluations to establish “master” teacher positions, career ladders, or performance-based pay by eliminating the top category of “highly effective;” and plays down the role of student achievement in teacher evaluations.