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So the world can see how teachers will be evaluated



The teacher from Gibbs High quietly left us the brochure in the lobby of the St. Petersburg Times, along with a polite plea: "Please print this document so that our new governor will have a better grasp of what is expected of many (pilot program) teachers. Actually, so everyone will become aware. What other profession has so many indicators for job performance?"

We thought: Good idea. The brochure she's talking about - which you can see by clicking on the link below - was handed out in October to teachers at 15 schools in Pinellas that are piloting a new teacher evaluation system this year. By our count, it lists 49 performance "expectations and indicators."

We haven't written about the new evals in a while, but expect to in the near future. If you're a teacher, please tell us what you think of the new system, and how the roll-out is going.

We've already heard from some teachers, who don't teach FCAT reading or math, who are aghast that the student performance piece of their appraisal will be based on the average FCAT performance of their peers schoolwide. We're guessing that feeling is universal, but by all means, you tell us.

If you're willing to talk about your views on the record, please call or email me. I'm at (727) 893-8873 or [email protected].

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 8:41am]


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