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Should the Public Have Limited Access to Teacher Evaluation Data?

The law limits the amount of data the public receives about teacher evaluations, including the names of teachers

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has signed a law that will require data from teacher evaluations to be posted to the public.

Although members of the general public will be able to review enough information to determine how their schools are doing, the names of the teachers won’t be readily available. However, parents will be able to know the evaluations of the teachers instructing their children in a given year.

The law was passed by the state Legislature last week.

Teacher’s union officials praised the bill and said it protected the information from being distorted or exploited by the media.

"This law strikes the right balance between a teacher's right to privacy and the parents' and public's right to know," Cuomo said in a statement. "New York's children deserve a top-quality education, and the state's new teacher evaluation system will ensure that teachers and principals are held responsible for student performance. I commend Majority Leader Skelos and Speaker Silver for their work to make sure we could protect our teachers' and principals' privacy, while also ensuring that parents and the public have access to the information they need."

The law goes into effect next year.

Poll Question: Do you believe the general public should have limited access to teacher evaluation data?

Arthur Jay June 26, 2012 at 10:18 AM
May I please see the evaluations for police officers. How about seeing the reviews of DPW workers... workers in the DMV.... etc. Every one of them is a public employee. Why single out teachers?

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