Today, The Los Angeles Times committed the worst (in Stephen Krashen’s words) example of “education research without a license” by publicly releasing the ranking of 6,000 L.A. teachers only using student test scores as the determining factor.
Despite repeatedly using the fake excuse that they are making it clear that test scores only tell part of the story, the headline of their article today says:
“L.A. Unified has hundreds of excellent instructors. But no one asks them their secrets to success, and most of the time no one praises them. Often their principals don’t even know who they are”
Obviously, their point is that “successful” equals ranking high in their ratings.
Another article about the topic is headlined “Meet L.A.’s most effective teachers — and find out how your child’s teacher performs.”
For more information on this controversy, see The Best Posts About The LA Times Article On “Value-Added” Teacher Ratings.