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March 13, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Teacher evaluations: Learning is cumulative

I’m disappointed in the misinformed editorial on federal education funding [“WEA misleading Legislature on California education waiver,” Opinion, March 12].

Bills being pushed through the Legislature are being rushed through with little thought about their effects on teachers and students. A student score on one state test does not show the growth of that student during a year with one teacher. They test what a student knows, which is an accumulation of all past teachers. A fifth-grade student tested in science doesn’t show just what they learned that year, but what they’ve learned from all of their teachers throughout the years. Why should one teacher be held accountable for this?

Using test scores also does not take into account students who move in and out of classrooms in the middle of the school year. In schools with high mobility rates, which teachers will get credit for the scores?

Teachers are “swarming the Capitol” because they know this bill would be bad for students — it will push good teachers out of low-performing schools and grade levels where state tests are mandated.

Tessa Kaplan, Seattle

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