Editor’s note: This is the updated data from the Florida Department of Education, as of 3/6/2013.
The Florida Department of Education released some teacher evaluation data for the 2011-12 school year on Dec. 5. This is the first time the state has released data for the new teacher evaluations, which were required by a 2011 law.
For more details on what the evaluations require, check out the Florida Department of Education website. In general, the evaluations are based on a combination of observation of classroom performance and whether students score higher or lower on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test than as predicted by a mathematical formula.
The data has been broken down to statewide, district and school levels, but not to the individual teacher level.
The department says the released data is still subject to revision.
Scroll down to see how each school district performed.
What the columns mean:
- Highly Effective: These are teachers who earned the highest ratings according to the district’s chosen evaluation model. These are teachers who earn the highest scores according to the district’s chosen evaluation model. Typically these teachers would be observed fewer times the following year than teachers who score lower on the scale. In 2011-2012, 22.6 percent of Florida teachers who were evaluated earned a “highly effective” rating.
- Effective: The next highest evaluation tier. These teachers generally meet the goals for instruction and student Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test results. About 74.6 percent of Florida teachers who were evaluated earned an “effective” rating in 2011-2012, the largest category.
- Needs Improvement: This tier is as it sounds — these are teachers who fail to meet some classroom standards. Depending on the district, these teachers would be observed more often, receive additional training, work with peer mentors and other efforts to improve performance. Just 2.1 percent of Florida teachers who were evaluated fell into this category in 2011-2012.
- Developing: This rating is for teachers in their first three years in the profession who fail to meet classroom standards and performance. Like “Needs Improvement,” these teachers are observed more often and receive additional professional development. Only .5 percent of Florida teachers who were evaluated were rated “developing.”
- Unsatisfactory: This is the lowest rating for teachers. Again, these teachers are observed more often and receive more help from professional development staff or mentors. Teachers rated “unsatisfactory” two years in a row, or two years out of three, could lose their long-term contract or be fired. Just 315 Florida teachers earned this rating — about two-tenths of one percent of Florida teachers.
- Unrated: Some teachers were not rated for the 2011-2012 school year, including at charter schools which are not participating in the federal Race to the Top program or who work for districts which have yet to submit evaluations. This group accounted for 10.1 percent of Florida teachers.
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- StateImpact Florida’s coverage of teacher evaluations
- The Florida Department of Education teacher evaluation page
- Examples of Florida observation forms and standards evaluations
- Hillsborough County schools’ teacher evaluation handbook