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Could Evaluations Turn Into 'Scarlet Letters' For Teachers?

    It’s possible a teacher’s state-mandated evaluation could be public record, says Steve Hinnefeld. Bad idea, he writes:

    “If a school district has a list of teachers and their effectiveness ratings, it would be a public record. If we make a request under the Indiana Access to Public Records Act to inspect or copy the list, the district would arguably have to make it available… Interestingly, it’s not just teachers unions that think this is a bad idea. The National Council on Teacher Quality, in a lengthy report that largely praises Indiana and a few other states for their changes in teacher evaluation, calls this a ‘scarlet letter’ approach and says it is bad policy.”

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