Teacher ratings are going public in Tenn.

Tennessee plans to release teacher ratings to the public for the first time this year. The ratings, based in part on students' scores on standardized tests, will rank teachers on a scale of one to five. The move to release teachers' rankings, as well as their names, follows similar moves in Los Angeles and New York City. Critics, however, say the scores do not provide a full picture of teachers' effectiveness, and one state lawmaker is seeking to prevent value-added scores from being attached to teachers' names in the future.

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