Last year, 68 percent of teachers at the Los Angeles Unified School District’s lowest-performing schools received no evaluation of their teaching.
A recent Parent Revolution analysis of 2014-2017 teacher evaluation ratings in LAUSD’s lowest-performing schools found that seven in ten teachers were not evaluated during the 2016-17 school year, and of those who were, almost all were deemed effective. Also, the 44 schools covered by this analysis scored the lowest possible academic ratings on the California School Dashboard for 2016-17.
Additionally, Parent Revolution found that nearly half of teachers in the 44 schools were not evaluated once in a three-year time period.
Based on these findings, Parent Revolution offered three recommendations for district action:
- Figure out the support, feedback, and evaluation structures that will make a difference for kids and make that a part of contract negotiations.
- End the practice of requiring principals to hire must-place teachers and create mutual consent in all hiring.
- Construct the right balance of real school-level autonomy and real school-level accountability.
Unfortunately, a recent National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) analysis found that a lack of annual teacher evaluations is part of a larger nationwide trend. In a review of more than 120 school districts’ evaluation practices, NCTQ found that 52 percent of the largest districts do not require that all teachers be evaluated every year.
NCTQ highlighted three districts (Gwinnett County Public Schools, Indianapolis Public Schools, and Wichita Public Schools) for noteworthy evaluation practices for tenured teachers. Find NCTQ’s full analysis and additional teacher evaluation resources here.