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