Analysis: Teacher-tenure evaluations lack rigor in L.A. schools

12/20/2009 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

New teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District have been awarded tenure based on an inconsistent -- and in many cases nonexistent -- review system, according to an analysis by the Los Angeles Times. After conducting interviews with teachers and analyzing district data, the newspaper found that teacher evaluations mostly consisted of a single classroom visit from an administrator and did not include any information about student achievement. Under the system, fewer then 2% of new teachers are denied tenure, the newspaper found.

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