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Pinellas proposal bases top administrators' evaluations on test scores



Teachers and non-instructional school staff have become quite familiar with VAM. Now it's time for district administrators to feel the love in their evaluations, too.

Pinellas school officials are proposing that 40 percent of the evaluations of district-level administrators be based on student achievement on standardized tests.

The value-added model, or VAM, measures student's growth on the FCAT after controlling for variables in an attempt to isolate a teacher's influence on a student's progress. Florida has yet to name an assessment to take FCAT's place under new standards.

A "schoolwide VAM score" is an aggregate of all students in the school, and it's caused grief for staffers evaluated on students they never interact with.

District-level administrators - including associate superintendents and the deputy superintendent - will receive a "districtwide VAM score," an aggregate of students across Pinellas County.

"As a district administrator your purpose is to serve the district," said Lisa Grant, the director of exceptional student education. (In previous roles with the district, she helped to develop and implement the new evaluation system.)

Grant said it was important to align the evaluations of administrators with those of school-based staff. Per Race to the Top, districts are required to submit plans to evaluate these administrators by March.

Currently, few Pinellas employees are evaluated based on districtwide VAM scores. An example is a social worker who works at several elementary schools, spokeswoman Melanie Marquez Parra said.

Under the proposal, the remaining 60 percent of district administrators' evaluations would be based on a performance review guided by the Marzano model (see more on this model here).

The school board is scheduled to take up the proposal at its Tuesday workshop.

[Last modified: Friday, February 14, 2014 1:37pm]


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