Data must be transparent to teachers and schools, for sure, but what role does publishing teacher scores and ratings to the general public have? Teachers, like other professionals, deserve their right to privacy, respect, and mutual trust, instead of seeing their scores on the front pages of local papers. How does that help student learning and progress, what we are really here for at the end of the day?
Arne Duncan: Newspapers Shouldn't Publish Teacher Ratings
"What I was reacting to in L.A. was this mind-boggling situation where teachers were denied access to this data. The only way they could get it was through the newspaper," he said. "There was clearly some level of dysfunction [in the district], that this was the only way they could get it."