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State Board Of Education Sets New Goals For Some Teacher Evaluations

The State Board of Education has approved a new statewide standard for the test-based portion of teacher evaluations. State law requires that teachers are evaluated each year. That evaluation must include how well that teacher’s students performed on standardized exams — and whether they did better or worse than expected, based on a complex statistical […]

Broward Schools Want Changes To Evaluations And High School Schedules

Broward County school and union leaders want to make changes to test-based teacher evaluations and the county’s high school schedule. Superintendent Robert Runcie announced two task forces will study the issues and recommend changes. One goal is to come up with a teacher evaluation system that is less about punishing teachers who earn low scores […]

Teacher Evaluation Results: Effective or Needs Improvement?

Why are we doing this again? That’s a question people are asking around the state after seeing the second statewide batch of teacher evaluation data this week. Nearly 98 percent of teachers earned ratings of “highly effective” or “effective.” And the percentage of teachers earning the top rating increased to one in three statewide from […]

More Florida Teachers Earn Top Ratings In 2012-2013 School Year

Nearly 98 percent of Florida teachers earned a top rating, according to initial statewide teacher evaluation data released Tuesday, a slight increase over last year’s results. About one-third of teachers earned the top rating of “highly effective,” up from 23 percent of teachers last year. About 66 percent were rated “effective,” the largest category this […]

States Asking Feds For Leeway On Teacher Evaluations And Testing

States granted exemptions from the federal No Child Left Behind law are asking for more time to get ready for new teacher evaluation rules and to not have to test students twice on both new standards and outgoing standards, according to Education Week. A dozen states have asked for more time to prepare for new […]

Governor Signs “Partial Fix” For Teacher Evaluations But Union Still Suing

Florida teachers will no longer be evaluated – and have their pay based on – the performance of students they don’t teach. Gov. Rick Scott has signed a bill passed by the Florida Legislature that should allay some of their concerns. The law, SB 1664, says teachers must be judged only on the performance of […]

Teachers Question Why Proposed Pay Raises Come Before Teacher Evaluations

Sarah Gonzalez / StateImpact Florida 5th grade teacher Beverley Dowell says she hopes the Governor “isn’t trying to buy teacher votes” when he suggested every full-time teacher in the state get a pay raise before their evaluation results come in. Most districts won’t start identifying, and potentially removing, low-performing teachers from their schools until next […]

Lawmakers Get Update On Teacher Evaluations And The Student Success Act

A Florida House panel heard an update today on teacher evaluations and the state’s implementation of the Student Success Act, also known as Senate Bill 736. The Florida Legislature passed the law in 2011 that changes the way teachers are evaluated and paid in an effort to improve student learning in K-12. The law is […]

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