This week, as I watch high school students struggle through the process of selecting classes for next year, it's interesting to consider the criteria they use in selecting not only courses, but the teachers who host them. In the context of the issues surrounding how LCPS handles AP courses, it strikes me that our customers – the students – are very focused not just on AP course content, but on which teachers will best enable them to achieve those target scores of 3, 4, and 5. Just about every AP teacher includes in his marketing spiel to potential students the benefits of tuition savings and GPA boosts, so it's no surprise that much of the discussion among the customers (and some of the questions I get from them) revolve around identifying which teachers will help them perform the best on the AP Exams.
Is this an area, then, where it is appropriate to evaluate teachers on the performances of their students on end-of-course exams? Specifically, is there a value to students in providing them with AP Exam score statistics for each teacher?