Do Parents Want Teachers' Grades?
The debate over whether to release teacher report cards is overheating, but what do parents think?
The latest salvo in the debate over whether the value-added ratings of 12,000 New York City teachers should be made public is a threat from the United Federation of Teachers that it will assist teachers in suing the city's Department of Education should the data be released after a hearing in late-November.
According to a piece in the New York Daily News: "Teachers charge there are simple mistakes in the Teacher Data Reports ... Mistakes—like the wrong number of students or counting the wrong kids - could mean the ratings are way off, teachers said."
I think some of what we wrote connects with people's everyday experience—where there are some good teachers and some bad, and you don't always know who you're going to get, or who your child's going to get. So there was I think a lot of gratitude from parents that we heard from saying that it was really important to address these quality issues in education and providing this information to us is a huge public service. I don't remember too much push back from parents saying this is unfair. I'm sure there was some of that.\n
[P]arents who figure out how to get their children into good schools are generally pretty savvy. ... They move to certain neighborhoods to get into the right zone for a good school, or send their child to take gifted and talented exams at age five. They don't need teacher ratings. If they have any problems, they'll seek out solutions. But parents who aren't as knowledgeable about the education system, or who have been burned by past experiences, aren't likely to feel as secure.\n