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LAUSD board member Steve Zimmer's resolution: Commitment to Honor Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century

LAUSD board member Steve Zimmer's resolution: Commitment to Honor Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century

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Los Angeles Unified School District board member Steve Zimmer submitted this resolution that aims to set up a framework to evaluate teacher performance.
Los Angeles Unified School District board member Steve Zimmer submitted this resolution that aims to set up a framework to evaluate teacher performance.

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Published by: Los Angeles Daily News on Sep 07, 2012
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Board Member Resolutions For Action
Mr. Zimmer - Commitment to Honor Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century(Noticed June 12, 2012 and Postponed from the Regular Board Meetings of June 28, 2012 andAugust 21, 2012)Whereas, The Governing Board of the Los Angeles Unified School District seeks toexpedite full implementation of a new and effective system of teacher training, supportand evaluation that both accelerates achievement for all students and establishes clearpathways for professional growth and career advancement for all our teachers;Whereas, This new comprehensive system must be developed and have the buy-in of teachers and the support of administrators, parents, and community in order to besuccessful;Whereas, Teaching and learning in the 21
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century requires a new generation of fair andtrustworthy assessments that honor the complexities and demands of teaching andlearning, and are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting theknowledge and skills that young people need for success in college and careers, preparingstudents and our communities to be best positioned to compete successfully in the globaleconomy;Whereas, The internationally benchmarked Common Core Standards, recently adopted bythe District, will emphasize creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, presentation anddemonstration, problem solving, research and inquiry and career readiness;Whereas, The creation of the next generation of assessments provides the opportunity tobuild a balanced evaluation system where both formative and summative assessments arean integral part of information gathering and are fundamental to the practice of teachingand learning;Whereas, District teachers and administrators are partnering with their counterparts inother districts to create robust formative and summative assessments for the CommonCore Standards that will capture student mastery of content standards and skills;Whereas, The collaborative piloting and demonstration project developed through theTeacher Effectiveness Task Force is nearing the completion of its second year; andWhereas, The utility and validity of using student standardized test score results as part of an individual teacher evaluation have been questioned by researchers, educators, schoolboard members and superintendents across the political spectrum; now, therefore be it

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