June 14 | Los Angeles Times

A judge says the district and union must find a way to use student progress in teachers' evaluations.

Now that a judge has ruled that teachers' performance evaluations in the Los Angeles Unified School District are inadequate and violate state law, the teachers union will finally have to work with district leaders on devising a reasonable method for using student achievement to measure teachers' work. It would be a mistake for United Teachers Los Angeles to drag its heels on this; Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant made it clear that he wants the two sides to make at least some progress by midsummer.

Chalfant wisely refrained from being prescriptive about how the schools go about this new era of measurement. There's room for the district and the teachers union to fashion a thoughtful compromise that recognizes the utility of data but does not overly rely on it.

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