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In pilot, 1.8% of Pinellas teachers rated 'ineffective'



Under the new teacher evaluations piloted in 15 Pinellas schools last year - and going districtwide this year - 32.3 percent of 718 Pinellas teachers were rated highly effective, 65.9 percent were rated effective and 1.8 percent were rated ineffective, according to a research brief recently put together by the district's research and accountability office.

Teachers already know this, but for the parents and others out there, the districtwide system will be different in several ways. For one, the percentage of the eval based on student performance was 30 percent in the pilot. Under the districtwide system, dictated by SB 736, it will be 50 percent for most teachers.

Another difference: Some of the pilot teachers (those on second- and third-year contracts) were peer reviewed. But the district doesn't have the money to roll that part of the system out districtwide, said professional development director Lisa Grant.

We're not sure how the school-by-school pilot numbers compare to the results under the old evaluation system. We asked about a month ago, but Grant told us the older numbers were not easily retrievable on a school-by-school basis.

She did forward us the districtwide results for 2009-10, though. They show 66 percent of teachers were rated Level 4; 25 percent were Level 3; 8 percent were Level 2; 1 percent were Level 1; and less than 1 percent were less than Level 1.

Grant offered a note of caution: "It is important to note that it is difficult to compare the previous appraisal system with the pilot appraisal as the metrics, rubric, and  measurements were different.  It is comparing “apples to oranges” in many respects. It would be inaccurate and misleading to draw conclusions from data that uses two different standards. This will be true with the new appraisal system being implemented in 2011-2012 as well."

[Last modified: Monday, August 29, 2011 6:54pm]


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