A California superior court judge made a preliminary ruling today that the 665,000-student Los Angeles district must use student achievement as one of the criteria used to evaluate teachers and principals. The case, Doe v. Deasy, was filed last November and sought to enforce a state law that requires that "pupil progress" towards state standards, as measured by performance on state tests, be a part of teacher evaluations.
My colleague, Stephen Sawchuk, has the full details in his blog, Teacher Beat. He also wrote an article, published June 6, that details how critics of California's lagging teacher-quality policies have turned to the courts to force the issue—with the support of the district's superintendent, John Deasy. United Teachers Los Angeles, the district's union for teachers, has opposed these moves.
A final ruling on Doe v. Deasy is expected Tuesday.