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Pasco teachers prepare to negotiate value-added model evaluation rules



While Pinellas teachers come to grips with their value-added evaluation scores, Pasco County teachers don't even know what theirs are.

The United School Employees of Pasco has stopped the district from releasing the data, taking the stance that the scores are not usable as the rule imposing value-added measures is invalid. The Florida Board of Education voided the rule this fall, after an administrative law judge found the board to have used a flawed rule-making process to get there.

The board is planning to rewrite the rule.

In the meantime, though, the USEP is preparing to negotiate how to conduct evaluations now, perhaps without using VAM.

"We have to sit down and negotiate the impact," USEP president Lynne Webb told the Gradebook. She noted the district could continue to use VAM as agreed to before the invalidation, knowing it will come back. It could wait to see how the new rule looks. Or any other action in between.

"There are some significant things to talk about," she said.

Talks over other aspects of the contract have made no progress as the district enters its second quarter, though, and don't look likely to move until the new superintendent takes office. That happens Nov. 20, a vacation week, meaning that terms for the current year won't be settled any time soon. Stay tuned.

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 10:15am]


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