commissioner supports evaluation disclosure legislation
27, 2012 - New York State Education Commissioner John B.
King, Jr. welcomes the Legislature's approval of a bill that
will limit the disclosure of information included in teacher and
In a statement
released Thursday, June 21, 2012, King reiterated his opposition
to the release of individual ratings, saying "teacher and
principal evaluations help teachers and principals improve their
practice, which in turn helps students improve their
performance. Public disclosure of individual ratings would just
get in the way of that progress."
The commissioner said
in his statement that information released to parents, and the
public release of aggregate evaluation information will allow
the public to make informed decisions about education policy.
"Now that this issue
is behind us, we cannot let evaluations become an end unto
themselves. We need to focus our energies to drive stronger
teaching and learning in every classroom in the State. Our goal
is college and career readiness for every student. They deserve
it, our State needs it, and our future demands it," King said.