A Richmond Circuit Court judge ruled Monday to keep associations representing educators and school boards out of a parent’s legal fight to obtain evaluation data for individual teachers.
Brian Davison, a Loudoun County parent, sued the Virginia Department of Education to get student-growth percentile data, saying that he believed that the public has a right to know what the data says about the quality of public school teachers. Student-growth percentiles were created to gauge student academic growth with the aim of using it to measure how effective a teacher is in helping students learn.
In January, Judge Melvin R. Hughes ordered the department to release all of the data, including the names and license numbers of teachers across Virginia.
The release of the teacher names was halted when several professional associations representing teachers, school administrators and school boards filed motions to intervene. The Virginia Education Association argued that the data should be considered confidential personnel information. Others have panned student-growth percentiles because they say the data can unfairly paint a teacher as ineffective.
On Monday, Hughes denied their motions to intervene in the case, saying they had no standing to do so, according to state education department spokesman Charles Pyle. But the judge said he would still consider a request from the state education department to re-hear the case and a motion from the Loudoun County School Board to intervene.
Davison’s fight for the information pushed Virginia into a national debate into what parents and the public should get to know about their public school teachers.