Boston denies request for teacher ratings

Monday, July 15, 2013

The Globe had requested a breakdown of the teacher ratings for each school under a new job evaluation system that deems whether a teacher’s performance is exemplary, proficient, in need of improvement, or unsatisfactory.

The Globe requested only an aggregate of the teacher ratings at each school and not for individual teachers so that no one would be personally identified. Similarly, the Globe sought a breakdown of the ratings of more than 130 principals and headmasters as well as other administrators on a district-wide basis so no one’s identity would be revealed.

But on Thursday, school officials rejected the Globe’s public records requests, saying that the ratings information is part of an employee’s personnel file and therefore is not subject to public disclosure.

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