Under court order to include student achievement -- and without a strike -- the United Teachers of Los Angeles announced a deal last week that doesn't include any value-added measurements of teachers as part of the new teacher evaluation system. Instead, a mix of schoolwide scores and raw scores will be used -- specifics to be determined at a later date. The Los Angeles Times describes it as a major victory for the union, bucking a trend seen in other districts (including Chicago).
From the LAT article: "Instead of the growth rating for individual teachers, the district and United Teachers Los Angeles agreed to use a mix of individual and schoolwide data, such as raw state test scores, district assessments and high school exit exams, along with rates of attendance, suspension, graduation, course completion and other indicators."
Reform-minded Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa described the absence of individual value-added as a major concession. DFER California head Gloria Romero lamented the removal of value-added in the final deal. The deal has yet to be ratified by the members, though it's been approved by the Board and the UTLA House of Representatives.