June 5 | Los Angeles Times

The litigation would force L.A. Unified to use test scores in teacher evaluations. The judge says he might issue a tentative decision Monday.

By Teresa Watanabe

A landmark parent lawsuit aimed at forcing the Los Angeles Unified School District to use student test scores in teacher evaluations received its first court hearing Tuesday in a case that could transform the way California instructors are reviewed.

The lawsuit demands that L.A. Unified follow a state law, known as the Stull Act, that directs school districts to use evidence of student learning in job performance reviews, including state standardized test scores. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant delayed ruling on the case but said he expected to issue a tentative decision Monday.

L.A. Unified Supt. John Deasy, although named as a defendant, said Tuesday that he agreed with the lawsuit's major assertions: that state law requires the use of student test scores in evaluations and that the district does not use them except in a limited voluntary program involving 700 teachers and principals.

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