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Majority of teachers in state rated effective, highly effective



Florida's evaluation model for teachers hasn't been popular since it was first implemented in the 2011/12 school year, with teachers complaining that it's unfair and potentially inaccurate. 

So far, however, the results aren't that different from past years in which most educators were rated satisfactory.

For the 2012/13 school year, 97.9 percent of teachers who were evaluated statewide were in the top two categories, effective and highly effective. Less than 1 percent of teachers - or 306 - fell into the lowest category, unsatisfactory, according to initial results released Tuesday afternoon by the state Department of Education.

The latest results actually are better than the 2011/12 school year. For the 2012/13 school year, 32.3 percent of teachers statewide were in the top category, while 65.6 percent were in the second tier. The year before, 21.9 percent of classroom teachers were highly effective, while 74.6 percent were effective.

The Department of Education released results Tuesday for all of the state's school districts as well as individual schools. It's important to note that a district-by-district comparison can't be made - school districts, through negotiations with their teachers unions, have local control and flexibility. That means a wide variation in results.

School-by-school comparisons can be made, though with the caveat that Florida's school grades aren't aligned to the teacher evaluation models. So an F school isn't automatically going to have more ineffective teachers. See a previous post about that subject here.

Check back for more reporting and a story in the Times.

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 5:24pm]


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