School districts reassure teachers about release of VAM data
With the release of teachers' individual value-added evaluation scores, school officials in Tampa Bay area school districts sought Monday to reassure their employees - and to caution parents about reading too much into the data.
Hernando superintendent Lori Romano and Hernando teachers union president Jo Ann Hartge released a joint statement, saying that the release of the data could be stressful to teachers but "Please know that we value you and your daily commitment to our students."
Pinellas superintendent Mike Grego wrote an email to employees in which he said he wanted to "reiterate that we know student performance data in isolation does not provide a full picture of what happens in your classroom every day."
And Pasco superintendent Kurt Browning warned parents not to jump to conclusions. A press release from the school district read, in part: "District administrators, the Pasco School Board, and the United School Employees of Pasco are concerned that the data are not easily understood and want parents to know that much more goes into evaluating a teacher's effectiveness in the classroom than the numbers being released today."
VAM scores were released by the state Department of Education after the Florida Times-Union won a lawsuit. The department and the Florida Education Association had fought to keep the scores concealed.