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Some Pinellas teacher evaluations will be tied to school grades



Many Pinellas County high school teachers who are part of the district's pilot teacher evaluation system will see part of their evaluation hinge not on their particular students' performance, but on the school's overall grade, according to changes made this week.

If their school made an A, the teachers will get the maximum number of points allowed under the student performance section of the new evaluation system. If their school made an F, they'll get zip.

Lisa Grant, the district's professional development director, told board members about the change during yesterday's school board "retreat." There are 15 schools in the pilot, including four high schools: Gibbs, Boca Ciega, Lakewood and Dixie Hollins.

For the student performance portion, the district will use FCAT reading and math learning gains for individual teachers who teach those subjects. It originally planned to use school-wide learning gains in reading for the other teachers. But now it will use high school grades instead. (High school grades now include many components beyond the FCAT.)

The pilot project is scheduled to be rolled out district wide next year.

Two other changes to the pilot evaluations were also made this week. Read more in the district's overview below.

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 12:30pm]


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