A California law prohibits the state from linking student data to individual teachers “for the purposes of pay, promotion, sanction, or personnel evaluation.” State Superintendent Jack O’Connell says the law doesn’t keep local districts from doing so, but federal education officials still don’t like it.
Why would Californians care? Because the state is competing for over $4 billion in federal stimulus money — also known as Race to the Top funding — and the law might make the Golden State ineligible.
Dana Hull, my colleague at the Mercury News, writes about the issue in much greater detail. You can find her piece here.
What do you make of this whole situation?