What does the Florida education department plan with its VAM data?
Florida education department officials are doubling down on the value-added model (VAM) for determining teachers' impact on student learning.
Now that they've told school districts the names of the teachers who had four consecutive years of "highly effective" or "unsatisfactory" ratings, the DOE leaders are creating a professional learning community for the group at the top of the list -- particularly those at D and F rated schools.
The working name for the group is the High Impact Teacher Corps, and its goal will be to share ideas to help improve academic outcomes at the state's lowest performing schools.
Already, the state's VAM efforts have received negative feedback from some corners -- especially the department's statements that the measure is based on learning growth, despite the unavailaibilty of growth data this year because of changes in state tests.
The full list of VAM results and evaluation data for 2014-15 is due out in early February.