A new program in Los Angeles rates teachers based on the test scores of their students. Though many factors are considered in assessing student performance, the success of students on aptitude tests will reflect directly on their teachers in the new project.Good. Teacher unions not only protect bad teachers and stand in the way of a child's right to an education.
This system has shed some new light on the progression and effectiveness of L.A.'s teachers, the school board says. For example, teacher quality, they found, is not directly related to their level of education. After implementing the program, test scores in different classrooms varied wildly, even in the same school.
As CBS News reports, however, many in the teachers union disagree with the program, arguing that it takes more than test scores to evaluate the effectiveness of a teacher.