As students and teachers returned to school on Monday after the publication of performance ratings for 18,000 teachers, many parents said they were giving the reports serious thought. Yet there was an equal measure of skepticism among parents that test scores bore any relationship to teachers’ competence, the New York Times reports. Some said they already knew how good a teacher was by walking into the classroom or by monitoring their children’s progress.

“I look in the teacher’s eyes,” one Manhattan father said.

“I’m the kind of person who likes to see for themselves,” a father in Queens said.

Others worried about how their fellow parents — perhaps ones with sharper elbows — might respond. Will they demand a new teacher? Move their children to a new school?

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