I regularly hear about teachers at our schools around town. The topics discussed often are the few poor teachers, graded tests held at school, tests unrelated to classroom discussions or textbooks, too much or too little homework, etc. Some of these anecdotes should be turned into official documentation, but parents often fear retribution or being labeled a “complaining parent.”
The community also knows that the current La Cañada Unified School District evaluations generally give the problem teachers a passing grade — or even the top rating. We need the school board to require the district to collect the value-added, quarterly benchmark data, then survey data regularly and act on the information.
Test data: The district recently purchased software to compute value-added scores based on STAR testing and analyze quarterly benchmark tests. This software compares the performance of each student at the beginning and end of each year. For example, moving up from 50th percentile to 80th is good, but dropping to 30th percentile is bad. If the overwhelming numbers of students have the same trend, up or down, that is a good indicator of the effectiveness of the teacher.