Superintendent Deasy Says LAUSD Teacher Effectiveness Work Helped to Secure Teacher Incentive Fund Grant

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 28, 2012) – Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Superintendent John
Deasy said the awarding of a $49.9 million Teacher Incentive Fund federal grant over
five years will enable the District to further its groundbreaking reforms of teacher
effectiveness.

LAUSD was among 35 districts or charters across the nation to receive
one of the grants, which were announced earlier this week by the Department of
Education.

“I’m tremendously proud of the remarkable team that spent two months putting together
our application,” said Deasy. “It’s because of their efforts that the LAUSD prevailed in
this nationwide competition.”

The Superintendent said the District’s extensive work on teacher effectiveness over the
past several years that included piloting recruitment and retention programs as a part of a
national project; offering incentives for high-performing teachers to teach at low-performing
schools; and creating a structure for successful teachers to become leaders
while remaining the classroom, made the LAUSD a prime candidate for the grant.

“We have established a national reputation for being on the cutting-edge of teacher
effectiveness strategies,” he noted.

Deasy also said the grant will fund several critically-important initiatives, including
development and implementation of a multiple measure performance review for
teachers and school leaders; professional development opportunities in a set of high
need schools; the utilization of trained and certified observers for high-caliber, evidence-based
classroom observation; and strengthening partnerships with institutions of higher
learning to better prepare new teachers and administrators.

“With the support of the TIF grant, we will enhance the quality of teaching at the LAUSD
and provide superior learning to our students now and in the future,” said Deasy.

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Contact: Tom Waldman (213) 241-6766