Value-Added Model

Capital Report: 04-04-2014

Apr 4, 2014

The Florida House and Senate are set to begin hammering out a state spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year after both chambers approved their respective budget proposals. As Lynn Hatter reports, now comes the hard part: reaching a consensus.

A House panel has agreed to advance its version of overhauling the Florida Retirement System, despite much opposition from public employees and Democrats. As Sascha Cordner reports, the newer pension reform proposal is similar to a plan that died in the Senate last year.

A bill basing teacher evaluations only on kids in their classrooms is on its way to a full Senate vote. The measure had the support of the state teacher’s union but that’s waning, after the bill was changed Tuesday prohibiting a student from being assigned to a failing teacher two years in a row. The change was added by the bill’s sponsor, Senator Anitere Flores (R-Miami).

“It’s an issue that has been reached as a compromise. So we want to make sure that language is in a couple of different bills," she said.  

Teachers, Unions Sue Over New Evaluation Model

Apr 17, 2013

Seven teachers and their local unions filed suit in federal court to block the state's landmark performance pay law on Tuesday. It's the latest development in a three-year battle over how teachers should be paid.

The lawsuit is backed by the National Education Association and Florida Education Association. FEA lawyer Ron Meyer says some teachers' rights are being violated since they're being assessed based on students who sometimes aren't even in their classrooms.

The Florida Department of Education went before a legislative panel Thursday to talk about the state’s new teacher evaluation policies which have been under fire from the state’s largest teachers union.

Half a teacher’s evaluation is tied to student learning gains. Those gains are based on what the state estimates students should have learned, and not necessarily what they’ve actually accomplished.  before a House education panel, the Department of Education's Kathy Hebda said districts wanted the state to come up with an evaluation model:

Florida Department of Education

The most recent hit to the Florida Department of Education involves the much-anticipated release of new teacher evaluations. The department released them and retracted them on the same day citing problems with duplicate teachers being reported on the rolls. Interim Education Commissioner Pam Stewart says problem came from the way districts reported salary information.

The Florida Department of Education is re-examining its preliminary teacher evaluation reports after districts recognized the data wasn’t accurate. The department says the revised report will be available Thursday morning.

Teachers are just now getting their evaluation reports for the prior school year and for many the score cards come as a shock. That’s because those reports are based on a new evaluation scale that also considers expectations for student performance.

Florida’s largest teacher’s union is calling for changes to a newly implemented evaluation system that is  giving many teachers a shock.

Under the state’s new evaluation system,  districts aren’t just looking at things like the way teachers teach, and how well their students perform on tests, it’s is also factoring in how well it thinks students should have performed. That’s called the Value-Added Model.” And it’s proved disastrous for Margaret Goodwin, a 3rd grade teacher in St. Petersburg’s Westgate Elementary School.