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Florida's value-added model snares top Alachua teacher




Florida teachers have made no secret of their disdain for the state's new evaluation model, which counts student test scores as half of their performance. Kim Cook, a teacher of the year at Irby Elementary School in Alachua, has gone public on Facebook with her concerns:

"Evaluation summary scores:

Lesson Study: 100/100 points x .20 (20%) = 20 points

Principal Appraisal: 88/100 points x .40 (40%) = 35.2 points

VAM Data: 10/100 x .40 (40%) = 4 points

Total points = 59.2 (Unsatisfactory)

The VAM data comes from Alachua Elementary School's FCAT scores; children I NEVER taught, although my opinion wouldn't be different even if I had."

Cook has noted on her Facebook page that her photo has gone viral, with even the Washington Post giving her a call. "I said I was going to use my title for the greater good," she wrote. "I think I'm well on my way." Meanwhile, the Florida Department of Education continues to press ahead with its collection and publication of the results this week, even among teacher complaints like Cook's.

What's been your experience with the new teacher evaluation system? Is there any good in it?

[Last modified: Monday, December 3, 2012 6:26am]


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