Florida Supreme Court Won't Hear Teacher Performance Pay Case

Sep 8, 2015

Florida Supreme Court
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The Florida Education Association is disappointed the state Supreme Court won’t hear a challenge to the state’s teacher performance pay law.

The law more closely ties teacher pay to student test scores, but teachers have argued the way the state calculates student progress is unconstitutional. FEA spokesman Mark Pudlow says recent changes to the law have mitigated its effects on teachers:

“But I think there are significant areas where teachers still don’t have trust in the evaluation system and think its still too weighted to test scores," he added.

Pudlow points to the Florida Department of Education’s recent decision to use results of the state’s new Florida Standards Assessment in teacher evaluations as a new potential problem. A review of that test found it valid, but also highlights problems with its administration.