Linda Perlstein from the Education Writers Association makes a great point:
In the debate about public release about teachers’ value-added scores, you see a lot of quotes of the “parents would want to know” variety, but not a lot of quotes from parents themselves.
Typical of these quotes is one from Eric Hanushek, a proponent of making these scores publicly available: “Now that The L.A. Times has published these scores, I think the genie is out of the bottle, and parents are going to want this information,” he said in the NY Times.
As Ms. Perlstein writes:
I think we are due for some articles, in California and elsewhere, that really get into the issue of what parents want, or do not want, regarding this information…
I think reporters might find that parents have more pressing issues on their mind, and have more trust in their child’s teachers than many “school reformers” might believe.