Putting Education Reform To The Test

More Florida Teachers Rated “Highly Effective”

More than 97 percent of Florida teachers earned one of the top two evaluation scores — “highly effective” or “effective” — according to preliminary statewide data released Wednesday.

More teachers are earning the state's highest rating, according to the first batch of data released Wednesday.

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More teachers are earning the state's highest rating, according to the first batch of data released Wednesday.

The percentage of teachers earning the top rating increased for the second year in a row. More than 42 percent of teachers were rated “highly effective.” That’s up from 23 percent two years ago.

More than half of teachers were rated “effective.”

The ratings at the other end of the scale were virtually unchanged from last year. Teachers earning “needs improvement” were 1.3 percent of the state total, while three in 1,000 teachers were rated “unsatisfactory.”

Nearly one in five teachers has yet to be evaluated.

The teacher ratings are based, in part, on student test scores and are required by a 2011 law. This is the third year Florida has released statewide data.

State law requires school districts to create evaluation systems based mostly on student improvement on state standardized tests. School districts could require more training and supervision for poorly-rated teachers and less supervision for highly-rated teachers.

Florida school districts have some flexibility in setting their evaluation systems, which contributes to the high percentage of “effective” and “highly effective” teachers. For more info on how the evaluations are calculated and what the ratings mean, check out this story.


  • Dr. ZhivBlago

    And Florida is still in the bottom 50% compared to other states. Math scores have barely moved in the last quarter century (I think down a little in fact) despite the FDOE’s and AIR (Inc.)’s “scaling” (which really means arbitrarily passing more students because too many would fail their God-awful hard tests).

    As for E and HE…basically if you teach the way the administrators want you to teach and/or they like you then you’re more likely to get an HE. Also, your chances are better if you teach AP, IB and honors students…you could put a monkey in charge of those classrooms and those kids will still score high. Lastly, districts want to be able to brag about their high percentage of “highly effective” teachers so superintendents and school board members will get re-elected…oh. and so the Taj Mahal denizens at the district office keep their high-paying jobs. Oh, and they want to be able to brag about their great sports teams, too, but that’s another topic.

    It’s all a scam.

    It’ll be a few years, but this will all catch up with them and they’ll institute yet another wave of meaningless “sweeping education reform” under a new governor. And I know how this works. They’ll say the teachers suck and need even more evaluation and nonsensical training emanating from the new generation of Harry Wongs, Madeline Hunters, and ivory tower PhDs who have probably never had to teach in a real high school…and the sure-fire panacea (I jest) of modern “education reform”, more charter schools, courtesy of the taxpayer, of course.

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