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Duncan Urges Districts Nationwide to Disclose More Teacher Data
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan last week urged school districts across the country to disclose more data on student achievement and teacher effectiveness, saying too much information that would help teachers and parents is being kept out of public view.
The education secretary told an audience in Little Rock, Ark., that schools too often aren’t disclosing data on student achievement that could not only help parents measure teachers’ effectiveness, but also help teachers get better feedback.
Mr. Duncan said his remarks were prompted by a Los Angeles Times series analyzing teacher performance through value added scoring to show which elementary teachers were helping students make the most gains. The secretary said he was not advocating posting the results online, as the Times plans to do, but he urged transparency.
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