Putting Education Reform To The Test

Florida Teacher’s Union Asks Gov. Scott To Suspend Use of Test Scores In Teacher Evaluations

Florida’s largest teacher’s union is putting Gov. Rick Scott’s new interest in education to the tests — they’re asking him to suspend a key component of the state’s new teacher evaluation law. School districts are still implementing the requirements, but the Florida Education Association wants less emphasis on test scores.

The union said the data are insufficient, possibly inaccurate and went to districts so late that evaluations for the 2011-12 school year are only now being sent to teachers — five months after the school year wrapped up.

“The deep concerns we have regarding the implementation of VAM’s complicated and unproven statistical formula and its impact on Florida’s teachers cannot be overstated,” wrote Andy Ford, the union president.

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