The Florida Department of Education is revising its timeline for when schools will begin facing penalties under a revised state accountability system.

The biggest change is next year’s switch away from the Florida Comprehensive Assessment tests to new statewide exams aligned with the “Florida Standards”.

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’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.