The very best teachers, according to FCAT
Trying to figure out which teachers are the best is no doubt tricky. But if FCAT scores are the lone measure, then one of former Gov. Jeb Bush's foundations has the answer.
Eight Tampa Bay area teachers are on the list, and they'll be among 86 statewide recognized by the Foundation for Excellence in Education on Oct. 24. Each will get $1,000, along with paid passage for two on the cruise of the teacher's choice from Royal Caribbean.
At the foundation's request, the Florida Department of Education grouped teachers according to which FCAT subject they taught – math and/or reading - and then analyzed their students' FCAT scores.
Now the caveats.
The analysis did not include teachers in grades K, 1, 2, 11 or 12, because the FCAT is not given in those grades. It did not include teachers in third grade, because fourth grade is the first year in which growth can be measured. And it did not include the FCATs in writing and science, because those tests are not given to consecutive grades.
The students were grouped into five categories – below grade level, high achieving, learning English, developmentally disabled and overall. And the winners are:
- Ginande Jester, Calvin A. Hunsinger School, Pinellas (among the top teachers for below grade level and disabled students, and students overall)
- Claudine Kwiatkowski, Perkins Elementary, Pinellas (for disabled students)
- Lee Gore, Highlands Lake Elementary, Pinellas (below grade level)
- Joyce Svabek, East Lake High, Pinellas (high achievers)
- Colleen Howard-Wahls, Northwest Elementary, Pinellas (disabled)
- Irene Canton, Armwood High, Hillsborough (below grade level)
- Kelly Rayburn, Plant High, Hillsborough (high achievers)
- Karen Ramlackhan, Clark Elementary, Hillsborough (disabled)
Ron Matus, State Education Reporter