Why Releasing Teacher Test Ratings Is A Horrible Idea

New York City released the rating of thousands of teachers in grades 3-8 on Friday. These ratings are flawed for any number of reasons, as detailed in a lovely article on insideschools.org. And even Bill Gates – arguably the father of the teacher rating movement – has come out against releasing the scores, and his argument is a good one.

For me, my reasons against releasing the test scores comes down to one simple statement.

You will never, ever bully a teacher into caring for children.

Period.

How can anyone think differently is beyond me.

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