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Should a Teacher's Value-added Score Be Made Public?

New York City's teachers' union wants to keep teacher performance data from being released. What's to hide?

Should the names of teachers and the test scores of their students be made public? Not according to the United Federation of Teachers, which represents New York City's public school teachers. Earlier today, the union's lawyers presented oral arguments to the New York Supreme Court in Manhattan to keep the New York City Department of Education from giving media outlets the names of teachers and their student's test results

These "Teacher Data Reports" for the city's fourth through eighth grade math and English teachers include what the union calls, "fundamentally flawed" value-added data, "based on the students' standardized test scores, which themselves were found to be inflated and inaccurate."

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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."

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