GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.-
All parents want to know how well their child does in school, but what about how well their child's teacher is doing?
A way to find out is through teacher evaluations, but they may continue to remain a secret and off limits to the public.
“Since kids spend like 80 percent of their day at school, you should know who the teachers are and their credentials and how well they are doing,” said Telisia Rivera, mother.
Rivera says she's a mother who knows the value of education, and as her preschooler embarks on his journey along his educational path, Rivera wants to make sure he's surrounded with the best teachers.
But under Colorado law, teacher evaluations are kept secret and could only be seen by school administrators.
A bill that has already won approval from the Colorado legislature will keep this practice alive.
“There is some information about our staff as far as what kind of building they are at, and email address and contact information that is kind of public but personal records are not,” said Christy McGee, spokesperson for School District 51.
School District 51 offers alternatives for parents to see how well their child's teacher ranks.
On their website, you can access data about the Mesa County district.
“Through CDE, you can look at the percent of highly qualified teachers we have in the district,” said McGee. “The percent of the highly qualified teachers we have at any given school, you can kind of pull that data up and compare.”
These substitutes may have to do for parents like Rivera, since this current practice that keeps subjective teacher reviews confidential is just waiting on approval from the governor.
“What's the point of doing the evaluation if no one gets to see them but the school board?” said Rivera.
Also on the district's website, you can find out the exact licenses your child's teacher has.
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