Judge: LAUSD must rate teachers on pupil progress

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(AP) – A Superior Court judge says Los Angeles Unified School District is violating state law by not including measures of pupil progress in teacher evaluations.

Judge James Chalfant on Monday issued a tentative, 25-page opinion in a lawsuit filed by a group of parents sponsored by EdVoice, a Sacramento-based education reform group.

The lawsuit is aimed at making LA Unified comply with a state law stipulating that evidence of student learning must be used in teacher evaluations.

The use of standardized test scores has been vigorously opposed by teachers unions.

The district did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but Superintendent John Deasy has said he supports using test scores as one teacher performance measure.

A final ruling is expected after Chalfant hears oral arguments scheduled for Tuesday.

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