The state school board on Friday backed off earlier plans to direct principals to share teacher achievement data with parents.
The board had planned to change state rule to encourage principals to share classroom-level data with parents who asked for it, but not share that information with the general public. But the board decided Friday not to change state rules yet, saying that state law appears to offer conflicting instructions when it comes to the matter.
The problem? Board members say some parts of state law seem to indicate that teacher evaluation data (which could include class achievement data) should remain private, while other parts of the law say that classroom-level achievement data should be publicly released. Also, education leaders worry that disclosing classroom-level achievement data could compromise student privacy if a class is small.