June 11 | Los Angeles Daily News

By Barbara Jones

Los Angeles Unified must begin using student test scores as a factor in evaluating teacher performance in order to bring the school district into compliance with state law, a judge said Monday in a tentative ruling.

Superior Court Judge James Chalfant issued his 25-page preliminary decision in response to a lawsuit filed by Sacramento-based advocacy group EdVoice challenging the performance evaluation system in Los Angeles Unified, the largest district in the state and the second-largest in the country.

The judge is scheduled to hear oral arguments in the case today, and issue his final ruling next month.

"We're very encouraged by the direction of the tentative ruling," EdVoice President Bill Lucia said in a phone interview. "The enterprise of public education is about kids learning, and how kids are learning should be included in the assessment of a teacher's job performance."

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