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Tennessee Will Make Teacher Ratings Public

By Mcclatchy-tribune — March 13, 2012 1 min read

The job-review scores of thousands of Tennessee teachers will be made available to the public, starting this summer.

The data, a 1-5 ranking based on student test scores and principal evaluations, has not been released in the past. The move puts Tennessee in a league with places like New York City, where an appellate court last month ruled that teacher-effectiveness data on 18,000 teachers must be released to the public.

Tennessee teachers have been scored using a new multi-measure evaluation that includes test scores, principal observations, and other measures of student success.

Because the data will be part of a teacher’s personnel file, it is public information, even though a 1992 law prohibits sharing teacher-effectiveness data derived from student test scores.

A version of this article appeared in the March 14, 2012 edition of Education Week as Tennessee Will Make Teacher Ratings Public

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