The Tampa Bay Times’ Jeff Solochek has a good rundown of the bills filed to change Florida’s teacher evaluations. Teachers might no longer be evaluated based on testing data of students they didn’t teach.
It’s no big secret that Florida’s teacher evaluation system hasn’t made many people happy. Teachers have complained about the unfairness of the new method. Even state Senate president Don Gaetz has raised concerns about the value of a model that teachers barely understand. Education commissioner Tony Bennett has marching orders from the governor to make improvements to the evaluations.
But what should the changes look like? Several proposals have emerged in the Legislature, with more sure to come as the debate ensues in earnest.