Questions About Teacher Evaluation Deal

National teachers union head Randi Weingarten heaped praise on the tentative deal that LAUSD and UTLA announced last week. LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy touted it as historic (see: “This Has Never Been Done”).

LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy

But elsewhere across the nation, the initial word about the deal hasn’t been so unanimously glowing.

Today’s LA Times story about the deal highlights some of these concerns, calling the tentative agreement a “major victory” for the teachers union because it excludes use of teachers’ so-called “value-added” scores.

Mike Casserly, head of the Council of Great City Schools, described the deal as merely “unique for California.”

Kate Walsh, head of the National Center on Teaching Quality, emailed LA School Report that her organization was working on a complete writeup comparing it to Chicago, New York City, and Washington DC, but the initial findings were “not good.” We’ll let you know as soon as it’s available.