Houston Teachers Sue Over Student Test-Based Evaluation

Seven teachers are suing the Houston Independent School District over a recently instituted policy tying standardized test results to pay and employment decisions. 

The federal lawsuit, backed by the Houston branch of the American Federation of Teachers, a national labor union, claims that HISD officials pressured administrators to “manufacture deficiencies or otherwise find fault with the instructional practices” of teachers who received low scores through a district formula that uses students' prior standardized tests to predict academic growth in the current years.

The suit comes as state education officials are updating a statewide teacher evaluation system to include such an approach — known ...

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