Los Angeles Times Publishes Teacher Ratings


Over the weekend the LA Times went forward with its controversial plan to post  value-added ratings for about 6,000 elementary school teachers, based on state test data and employee names provided under FOIA by the district.  Roughly 150 of the teachers wrote in to comment on how they were being rated, and the public nature of the exercise (read them here).  You can read all about it here. For many, the big issue is whether value-added measures are accurate.  For others, the issue is more about ethics -- did the newspaper betray the RAND researcher who did much of the work or behave reklessly in publishing data that it knew would be narrow, inaccurate, and misleading?  What would you say if this happened in Chicago (not an entirely unlikely event, by the way)?

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