Teachers, Test Scores, and Confidentiality

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A new proposal in Tennessee would allow teachers to prove that they are highly qualified by using the Adequate Yearly Progress benchmarks as evidence. But the proposal has run into concerns over confidentiality. Parents want the right to judge a teacher s performance by examining class test score data. Teachers aren t so eager to have parents scrutinizing the test scores of their classes, given that parents won t necessarily know the cards that they have been dealt. Our bet is that this proposal isn t likely to get very far, but good for Tennessee for thinking creatively about the highly qualified requirements.