After a 17 month fight in the courts, the NY Post has obtained the performance scores of several thousand NYC teachers. The union fought the release and like any set of scores there are some at the top and some at the bottom.
What does it prove ? What does it mean ?
When you attend the school geographically nearest, you get the teachers assigned. There are also many other factors in a teacher/student relationship and there are things standardized tests don't take into account.
Having said all those things, the release of the scores hold feet to the fire and pierces the cloak of secrecy in Big Education.
What do you do if you find out your kid is headed for a class room with a teacher in the bottom five percent ? Beats me. It's like going to the emergency room. You assume the person treating you passed muster. Once you are there, there is little you can do about it.
City releases teacher performance rankings for the first time ever, after The Post files a freedom of information act seeking the data - NYPOST.com