NPR just ran a short interview with the reporter who wrote the “Value-Added” story for the LA Times. You can listen to it here. As far as I know, this is the only comment he’s given since the story broke. Let me know if you are aware of other responses he’s made.
I was struck by his basic attitude of “The information is there, we know it’s not an accurate measure of how good a teacher is, but we should release it anyway because then parents can use it to demand that principals get their kids in classes whose teachers who get high scores. But we’re not making any policy advice.”
His position, like the article itself, seems a bit weak…
That’s my summary — let me know if you think it’s accurate or not.