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Florida Board of Education members criticize teacher evaluation errors



Florida Board of Education members sounded their displeasure with the Department of Education's high profile retraction of error-filled teacher evaluation data last week. Several teachers were counted twice.

"Before we put anything on our website, or before we release, there must be a thorough review of the data," said board member A.K. Desai, who added that the mistakes "make us look incompetent."

Board member Kathleen Shanahan agreed, saying that it should become common practice for the department to have major data reviewed by others just to make sure mistakes aren't there.

"Sometimes we’re afraid to ask for other eyes to look at it, because we’re afraid it will make us look weak. That’s not the case," said Shanahan, noting the practice is common in business.

Interim commissioner Pam Stewart said the department had begun having others look at the data, including before the second accurate release of the evaluation information. The state is doing the same for high school grades, which are due out in the next few weeks, Stewart added.

"We are carefully looking at the process," she said. "The process will be accurate as we move forward."

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 8:56am]


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