New teachers get low-performing math students

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Updated: 11/19/2012 8:58 am

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.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com


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