Facebook Group Calls for LA Times Boycott Over Plans to Publish LAUSD Teacher Performance Data
The Los Angeles Times is poised to release a database of performance data for teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District. This is to follow on the heels of a recent analysis published by the paper that examines the efficacy of 5th grade teachers as part of their series "Grading the Teachers."
However, not everyone is happy with the Times' plans, and some have organized a boycott and letter-writing campaign via Facebook to give voice to their opposition to the newspaper.
On the other side of the issue, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has come out in support of releasing the information, saying that he believes parents have a right to know which of their children's teachers are doing well at their jobs. "Doing well," however, is measured by the LAUSD, and many other school districts nationwide, by how much improvement their students show on standardized tests scores. This leaves no room for any non-quantitative material about a teacher's performance to be a part of determining their worth as an education.