Los Angeles' Inexperienced Teachers More Likely To Be Assigned To Students Behind In Math

November 19, 2012

The Strategic Data Project Human Capital Diagnostic for the Los Angeles Unified School District is featured in the following Huffington Post Education blog post.

 Inexperienced teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District are more likely to be assigned to students who on average are six months behind their peers in math, a new study has found.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the study by the Strategic Data Project, which is affiliated with Harvard University’s Center for Education Policy, also determined that teachers vary considerably in their effectiveness. Top educators provide their students the equivalent of eight additional months of instruction a year compared to their less effective counterparts.

The report’s authors analyzed the performance of nearly one-third of the district’s teachers based primarily on students' standardized math test scores from 2005 through 2011 in grades three through eight. Among its findings were that teacher performance after two years is a solid predictor of future effectiveness.


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