The Los Angeles Time is Out of Control
Recently the Los Angeles Times published an article comparing the test scores to the effectiveness of the teachers.
The Times reported:“Based on test score data covering seven years, The Times analyzed the effects of more than 6,000 elementary school teachers on their students’ learning. Among other things, it found huge disparities among teachers, some of whom work just down the hall from one another.”
Is it unfair of anyone to expect that the effectiveness of a teacher would be a function of how well students learn? Couldn’t we also expect that test scores for students over a seven year period would be more accurate than individual test scores.
The union’s response is: “You’re leading people in a dangerous direction, making it seem like you can judge the quality of a teacher by … a test,” said A.J. Duffy, president of United Teachers Los Angeles, which has more than 40,000 members.”
It sounds like the union is out of touch with reality. Students test scores are adequate indicators of a teacher’s performance.
The teachers unions should accept that as a fact and work hard to improve the test scores. Work hard to improve quality of the teachers, and fight harder to eliminate poor teachers before they have a negative impact on the test scores. Our students deserve that. Ineffective teachers don’t deserve life time appointments to a job they can’t be effective in.
Instead of working at boycotting a newspaper for stating the obvious, work harder to maintain the quality of education that our children deserve. Learn to make the students education come before the teacher’s job security and lifetime tenure. If you believe that’s how the public perceives you, you are as mistaken as many of your teachers are ineffective.