Value-added evaluation model approved for Florida schools, teachers
Busy to the last day, Florida education commissioner Eric J. Smith this morning announced his approval of a new value-added model to evaluate teacher performance.
The system is designed to use a variety of factors in combination with student test scores to determine whether teachers actually made a difference. The results would be used in determining pay and employment.
Such models have caused a stir in other school systems, such as Los Angeles and New York.
Smith said he's pleased with Florida's direction in this endeavor, saying it will "fairly and accurately measure a teacher's performance as it relates to the academic improvement of his or her students":
"Based on the SGIC’s deliberations, a model was recommended that reflects a wide variety of stakeholder opinions and input. Some notable variables the Committee chose to incorporate in the model include prior years of achievement scores, Students with Disabilities status, English Language Learner status, student attendance and a school component factor, just to name a few. A full summary of their recommendations, taped footage of each meeting and a list of the Committee’s members can be found on the SGIC’s webpage.
"The independent work of the SGIC has proven invaluable in the creation of a student growth model that Florida can truly call its own, and I cannot thank them enough for their time and commitment to this important effort. I am very pleased with their open and thoughtful approach to this process and am confident that this new model will allow us to recognize and reward our most effective educators and improve the academic outcomes of our students.”