His comments follow those of others, including Bill Gates and Teach For America's Wendy Kopp, who say publishing the data "amounts to public shaming of teachers." Duncan said he supports "judicious disclosure of this data to school principals and to parents," and said any such data should take a comprehensive look at teacher performance, not merely be based on student test scores.
Sawchuk reports open-records laws in states are "exceptionally murky," putting states "all over the place in whether they're even allowed to give parents (or others) access to teacher evaluations." An Education Week analysis found that only 18 states plus the District of Columbia would allow access to teacher evaluations, but are still unclear about exactly what data would be released. (Read more)