The LAT story about how President Obama’s stance on teacher data puts him at odds with California includes this passage:
You cannot ignore facts,” Obama said. “That is why any state that makes it unlawful to link student progress to teacher evaluations will have to change its ways.”
The remarks escalate a disagreement between the Obama administration and California education leaders. While a 2006 law prohibits the use of student test scores to evaluate teachers on a state level, it does not mention local districts, where state officials say pupil data can be used to judge instructors. A handful of districts currently are doing that; L.A. Unified is not.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Friday he would push to amend state law if necessary.
Hmmm….I can’t imagine State Board of Education President Ted Mitchell would be opposed, he’s a reformer’s reformer. So doesn’t the Obama stance put the Administration more at odds with the California teachers union more than “leaders” in general. To be fair, the story strongly implies this lower down but why not just come out and say that? Or if there are other leaders who are opposed, name them. Readers want to know!
The article also says:
Federal officials have said that California legislators do not have to necessarily revise current law. Instead, the attorney general could certify that the state law is not a barrier to teacher accountability.
Although conceivably a state could cobble together a district by district approach to doing this, the guidance doesn’t read this way. And such an approach would be a pretty significant loophole with the potential to undermine the intent. Readers want some sourcing! This reader at least.