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Sorting out teacher evaluations

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Updated: 2/24 6:34 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's report card day for Florida's teachers.  For the first time, the Florida Department of Education is releasing individual teacher evaluations.  

It's a move that has Terrie Brady, president of Duval Teachers United, fired up.

"Our teachers are not afraid of accountability. If they were, they wouldn't be teaching, especially in this day an age," she said.

Brady called the formula for measuring teachers flawed.

It uses what the Department of Education calls a "value-added model."

The Jacksonville Public Education Fund describes that as a statistical model that uses student FCAT scores to measure what value, if any, the teacher adds to a student's performance.  

Problem is, Brady said less than 30 percent of Duval's teachers teach FCAT-graded subject matter.

"That means if I taught art, music, or PE or chorus or a science that wasn't measured on FCAT or kindergarten, first, or second grade, I got scores based on my overall school's reading and math scores. And I wasn't even with students that I taught or I was responsible for," she said.

Brady said if state wants a true measurement of accountability, it needs to come up with a better formula.

"Make a formula that accurate and sustainable, so we can do a true measurement of what happened last year versus this year," she said.
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