Parents: Publicly releasing teacher ratings will improve performance

While teachers and most education reformers remain highly uncomfortable with having test-based teacher evaluations aired in public, one survey suggests parents take a different view, the Huffington Post reports. In a new SurveyUSA news poll that asked 500 California adults about “releasing performance ratings of California public school teachers,” 65 percent responded that they supported the idea. Sixty-six percent indicated they believed releasing teacher data would improve their performance, while 32 percent said they thought it would discourage teachers from working in California.

“The results are shocking,” said Cynthia Brown, who oversees education policy at the Center for American Progress. “I was surprised at how overwhelming the support was for releasing the ratings and the notion that it would improve teacher performance.”

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