View Full Version : All LA Metro L.A. public school system wastes $500 million on pointless training

06-08-2011, 09:49 AM
From the L.A. Times (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/06/la-school-system-spends-more-than-500-million-on-pointless-training-report-concludes.html) by Howard Blume:
The Los Angeles Unified School District squanders more than $500 million a year on an academic-improvement strategy that has consistently proven to be ineffective, researchers concluded in a report released Tuesday.

The nation’s second-largest school system spends 25% of its teacher payroll ($519 million a year) to compensate teachers for completing graduate coursework. These courses are a primary means by which teachers earn credits that translate to raises.

Yet such training has shown no overall benefit in improving student performance, said Kate Walsh, president of the Washington-based National Council on Teacher Quality, which conducted the research.

The money would be better spent paying more to teachers who deliver results, such as higher test scores, or to attract proven talent to the system, said Walsh in a presentation at Tuesday's Board of Education meeting.

The report (https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.documentcloud.org/documents/202130/nctq-full-report-los-angeles.pdf) contained numerous findings and recommendations, some controversial.

Other findings included:
• Only a third of Los Angeles teachers graduated from a school ranked as either “most” or “more” selective.

• “Perverse incentives” may dissuade principals from being overly critical of poorly performing teachers, which, over time, makes it difficult to dismiss these instructors: “The online evaluation system, includes a pop-up warning telling principals who have selected ‘needs improvement’ for 3 or more of the 27 indicators to contact Staff Relations and present documentation to reinforce the ratings.”

Administrators who “have not diligently collected evidence, or feel that pursuing a negative rating will take too much time … may decide it is not worth the effort." According to the report, “there should be a high burden of evidence and feedback for every rating — both negative and affirmative.”

• Principals don’t take advantage of flexibility and authority they already have in hiring and evaluating teachers.

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