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Pasco school district corrects evaluation error affecting hundreds of teachers



Pasco County teachers received their long-awaited 2015 evaluation results just before spring break, nearly nine months after the academic year ended. 

To the dismay of hundreds, the information was wrong and, for more than four dozen, not in their favor.

The district rounded their scores downward erroneously, downgrading their evaluation ranking in ways that could affect their contract terms, pay and eligibility for bonuses.

Land O'Lakes High math teacher Pat Connolly, the district's 2015 teacher of the year, was one who discovered the problem when he got his evaluation report. He told the School Board that his overall total mark was changed in such a way that his "highly effective" mark became an "effective."

"I did the math," Connolly told the board, explaining how he double-checked the district's total score.

Assistant superintendent Kevin Shibley told administrators via email that, indeed, the math was wrong for 642 teachers' reports.

"Of these 642 teachers, roughly 50 teachers will receive a higher overall summative rating (example - highly effective as opposed to effective)," Shibley wrote in his memo, which went out before the district's weeklong break. "District staff is in the process of generating corrected summative forms for the impacted teachers, and will send them to your attention as soon as they are available."

District spokeswoman Linda Cobbe said Monday that the situation has been handled, and all the evaluations should now be correct. She added that the problem should not occur again.

[Last modified: Monday, March 28, 2016 10:58am]


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