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Teacher rankings made public in Tennessee

Starting this summer, Tennessee parents will be able to see at a glance where teachers rank. Starting this summer, Tennessee parents will be able to see at a glance where teachers rank.

(WMC-TV) - Starting this summer, Tennessee parents will be able to see at a glance where teachers rank.

Teachers are evaluated on a scale of one to five

The rating is primarily based on learning gains their classes made and spot-checks recorded by principals.

Anyone else who wants to know how a particular teacher performed can find out too because those rankings are now public.

It's an issue that has split parent and educator advocacy groups in other states.

They debate whether the benefits of public access outweigh the potential stress to teachers and possible distractions from learning.

Supporters say the point of Tennessee's new evaluation system is to improve teachers, not prompt parents to pull students from classrooms with low-scoring teachers.

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