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Teacher evals released to parents...Teachers not-happy
Many Florida teachers are -not- happy about certain data being released to parents.
The Department of Education didn't want to release the "Value-added measurement" used to evaluate teachers.
But an Appeals Court says it's public information.
Teachers say those numbers are misleading.
It's a step toward transparency, but many teachers say it's a step in the wrong direction, because for many of them the data is based on students they didn't even teach...
"You aren't supposed to worry at all about the sentencing."
Tim Barbon has taught juniors and seniors at pine Forest High School for 34 years.
He is judged every year
The evaluation is based half on performance and half on a complicated formula called the value added method.
The VAM looks at FCAT scores among other things
Barbon says none of his students actually -take that test...
"It measures students I never taught, how fair is that, would we measure the abilities of a home builder for a house he never built?"
Now that data will be available to the public.
"I don't think that information will be helpful, it may mislead people, cause misperceptions, we just aren't there yet."
Right now, the full teacher evaluation doesn't become public record until one year after the school year in which they are given. But now parents can get the VAM data immediately.
Several unions and the Florida Department of Education say. Those numbers alone don't show the whole picture.
"I think it's going to be negative, they are going to look at that, and say Mrs. So and So, that teaches orchestra, has a VAM score of 25, so that person is not a good teacher. The fact is Mrs. So and So's VAM score, has nothing to do with what she actually teaches, 65 percent of our teachers in Escambia County are evaluated on scores in subjects they do not teach, because we have not developed end of course exams in everything.
However, the Court of Appeals ruled to make the data public because it's "only one part of the criteria and not the 'Employee Evaluation' itself."
Lorraine Bonner agrees
"I think parents should see everything. Their parents are sending them to school for an education."
Teachers and unions say they are all for transparency, but the right tools need to be in place first....
"We don't have tests developed for music, spanish, for our P.E. teachers, we don't have those end of course exams, and all those things cost money, and as much money as state says they are giving us, they aren't giving us enough to make tests."
Christina: The state is deciding whether to appeal the ruling.