LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new study shows inexperienced Los Angeles teachers are disproportionately more likely to be assigned low-performing math students.
The Los Angeles Unified School District study also found teacher effectiveness varies substantially.
The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/Q3YOZG ) says top teachers are able to give students the equivalent to eight additional months of learning in a year compared with weaker instructors.
The study also found that teacher performance after two years is a fairly good predictor of future effectiveness.
Drew Furedi, who oversees the district's teacher training, says he's deeply concerned and describes the study as a call to action.
The study by the Strategic Data Project, which is affiliated with Harvard University's Center for Education Policy Research, analyzed the performance of about a third of the district's teachers.
Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com