Education think tank urges media not to publish teachers’ names with performance scores

Center for American Progress
The Los Angeles Times won an IRE Philip Meyer Award for publishing teachers’ individual performance scores in 2010, but the Center for American Progress says that’s counterproductive. It says the Times “maximized the controversy—and perhaps the number of hits it drew to Web pages with advertising” by publishing teachers’ names. Publicizing individual scores just causes parents to try to move their children out of certain classrooms rather than spurring broader reform, the organization argues. “Any public association between teachers’ names and their value-added estimates will create a kind of vicious circle. Instead of tethering performance evaluation for current teachers to the goal of improving students’ academic achievement, value-added estimates will help preserve the status quo.” A court battle has been under way over a similar disclosure for New York City teachers. || Related: Parents ask LAT to remove teacher’s rating after he commits suicide (Poynter.org)

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  • Anonymous

    So you can’t change the headline? Also, in the future, when you run something like this involving commentary from a group with an agenda, I think you should describe the slant of the group and not present its views as if they are dispassionate analysis, which you have done here. Everything CAP does involves an agenda.

  • http://www.poynter.org Poynter

    True, @twitter-109708046:disqus . At one point in the report, it just says that journalists should use the same standards as researchers and protect people’s identities. But later it says, “In order to safeguard education reform, states may need to consider reforming their FOIA statutes.”
    Steve MyersPoynter.org

  • http://www.poynter.org Poynter

    Fair point, @quotidian:disqus . It is a liberal advocacy group. http://www.americanprogress.org/aboutus 

    Steve Myers
    Poynter.org

  • http://twitter.com/jasonfelch Jason Felch

    Worth noting: Because data we used were public record, CAP recommends changing FOIA laws to prevent other journalists from doing the same. 

  • Anonymous

    Surely you must know that the Center for American Progress is not an “education think tank” but a well financed political shop invented by John Podesta with a mission of pumping out the liberal line on all matter of issues. It’s hardly surprising that it would side heavily with the teacher’s union on this issue, much as it tries to affect a position of actually expecting teachers to be accountable for their students’ achievements.