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Teacher quality initiatives could be big part of Florida's Race to the Top application



Florida has two months before it submits its Race to the Top application. But if this presentation to the state Board of Education yesterday is any indication, a whole bunch of teacher quality initiatives are being looked at by the Florida Department of Education. Among them: Finding ways to put more high-performing teachers into low-performing schools. Using student test scores to gauge the effectiveness of colleges of education. Coming up with better ways to evaluate teachers. And linking student data to professional development.

Who knows what form the application will finally take? And who knows whether Florida will win one of the grants? But if the $350-$700 million figures being thrown around are real, and if Florida is in as good a position to get the money as some suggest, Florida teachers could be seeing some big changes, soon.

UPDATE: Florida Education Commissioner Eric J. Smith is feeling pretty good about Florida's chances.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:41am]


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