By Joyce Tsai
Is it fair to use students’ standardized test scores to measure teacher effectiveness in the classroom?
A lawsuit filed in Contra Costa County Superior Court by Students Matter, the same education policy nonprofit that challenged the state’s teacher tenure system, says yes. And it believes districts that don’t use standardized tests to evaluate teachers’ effectiveness are violating the law.
The lawsuit, Jane Doe v. Antioch Unified School District et al, seeks to force 13 school districts — including Chaffey Joint Union in Ontario, Chino Valley Unified, El Monte City, Ontario-Montclair and Upland Unified school districts — to use state standardized test scores as one measure of teachers’ annual job reviews.