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Poor student performance on FCAT leads to teacher, principal removal

As the drumbeat for evaluating educators' performance based on student outcomes grows louder (L.A. Times), two Florida school districts have already gone there this week.

Orange has removed 38 teachers from low-performing schools, saying their students didn't see enough gains on this year's FCAT exam. They'll still have jobs, but they'll be replaced with teachers who get better results from their students, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

"Every teacher can't teach every student at every school," the principal of one of the schools told the Sentinel. "Teachers are not cut from cookie cutters."

Alachua, meanwhile, has dumped the principals of two F-rated schools in hopes of bringing in leaders who can help the schools to significant gains, the Gainesville Sun reports.

Of course we'll hear the refrain that if schools are going to hold teachers accountable for student results, then society needs to hold parents responsible for students, too. But the arguments are growing, even among traditionally pro-teacher groups, that education is about helping kids, not keeping adults employed. And if the kids aren't getting what they need to succeed, maybe some other adult can make it happen.

With money tight and raises unlikely for another year, we can't help but wonder whether this tension will lead to an exodus of educators, or a compromise of some sort. What do you think?

Jeff Solochek, Times Staff Writer

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:27am]

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