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More Florida Teachers Rated “Highly Effective”

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

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. 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 [...]

How A C-Rated School Can Be Full of Effective Teachers

Florida Senate President Don Gaetz wondered how low-rated schools could be full of teachers earned positive evaluations.

Last month Senate president Don Gaetz raised eyebrows when he questioned the accuracy of Florida’s new teacher evaluations. The evaluations are based on a complex statistical formula which weighs Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores and other factors to calculate how much a teacher influences student learning. The evaluations will eventually contribute to how much a [...]

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