FDOE Pulls Back SB736 Teacher Data Marking Third Flawed Data Roll Out This Year


It was there. Then it was gone. Writes Joey Flechas in the Gainesville Sun:

The Florida Department of Education released statewide data on the new teacher evaluations Wednesday only to pull it back in the afternoon.

After officials in Hillsborough County reported problems with the numbers, which contained duplicate records, the DOE took the report off its website to review the records.

The DOE released this statement late Wednesday afternoon:

“Hillsborough County Management Information Systems staff notified the Department of Education that the total count of teachers reported to the department in their Initial Report on Personnel Evaluations contained duplicate records. The department has reviewed all records and found duplicate reporting in some other district reports, as well. … The department expects to be posting an updated report (Thursday) morning.”

Right.

In the past eight months, FCAT Writes, School Grades and now SB 736 teacher data have all been flawed in their initial roll-out. Florida high schools are still waiting for their grades which were due last spring. At some point Floridians will start realizing what outrageous folly it was in the first place to measure something which couldn’t really measure in the first place. Unless, that is you really like having your kid’s test scores exploited this way.

Meanwhile the Cult of Jeb Bush sit in judgement on the State Board of Education. Driven by ideology and a fixed agenda, they will continue to  shove a square peg into a round hole.  The fact will be lost on them that a serious disconnect exists between effective and highly effective teachers – 97 percent – and the number of schools who don’t receive A’s. Let alone the number they want to close with Parent Trigger.

What a train wreck Florida’s accountability system has become.

About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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6 Responses to FDOE Pulls Back SB736 Teacher Data Marking Third Flawed Data Roll Out This Year

  1. KCD says:

    Thursday morning at 9:00am, the K-12 Committee in the FL House will hear from DOE about the progress of the teacher evaluation system. Please share your thoughts here so I can convey them and ask questions in the committee.

  2. Sandra says:

    What are the costs at both the state and district levels for this implementation beyond Race to the Top funding. In severe economic times amd constrained budgets, to what extent are school districts diverting limited dollars to support data base development and negatively impacting programs that serve educational interests of the students?

  3. Steve New says:

    The costs of the evaluation system need to pubicized to the stake holders, so they can see what a money drain this evaluation system if.

  4. kafkateach says:

    1. It’s January 19th 2013. Teachers in Dade county still have no evaluations for the 2011-12 school year, nor have they received any merit pay, because of delays in receiving their VAMs. An evaluation system that takes 10 months for completion and has to go through layers and layers of data correction is not sustainable.
    2. Various studies by scientists and mathematicians have proven VAM to be unreliable junk science and discourage its use for high stakes decisions. The FLDOE has put out videos trying to persuade teachers of its reliability and claiming that because they use 3 years of test data it is more reliable. As we transition to evaluating certain teachers on EOCs, there won’t be 3 years of data available. How does the formula predict scores for students on a test they have never taken?
    3. The obvious flaw of evaluating teachers on the basis of test scores of students they have never taught or subjects they don’t teach.
    4. Creating new tests for every subject and grade level, just so the results can be used to evaluate teachers, is a time consuming waste of money. Our students will spend their lives testing.
    5. Nothing about this process is transparent. Teachers receive only a rating and have no access to the data that was used to arrive at that rating. Teachers are forbidden from looking at the tests and have no rights to see the answers to the test to see if they are in fact correct. Teachers should be able to access how much growth the algorithm is predicting for their current set of students so they can monitor growth throughout the year.
    6. We don’t need a test to evaluate a teacher’s job performance. How about student portfolios if they want to include a student growth component? Some students do poor on standardized tests no matter what. Other students may have been sick, had family issues, or a fight with a friend the night before the test and are not focused. Some students just don’t care. Case in point, I just had a teacher put some students in my classroom to make up their American history EOC interim assessment. The first thing out of one of the student’s mouth was “let’s just Christmas tree it.” Bottom line, a test measures the performance of the student, not the teacher.
    7. I have no problem being held accountable for my job performance. Here are some easy and cheap ways to evaluate a teachers job performance:
    a. check the online grade book to see that the teacher is entering grades in a timely manner with a variety of assessments.
    b. does the teacher maintain an updated website with information about upcoming homework assignments, quizzes and tests?
    c. does the teacher actively communicate with parents? If a parent complains that a teacher does not respond to email, document it.
    d. administrators should be freed from endless data analysis and district trainings on new evaluation systems (we’ve had 4 different ones in 8 years) so they can actually walk around their schools and observe what is going on in their classrooms. I haven’t had an administrator walk in my room all year. I could have been playing “Finding Nemo” for the past 6 months and nobody would know the difference.
    It’s really that simply to tell which teachers are doing their jobs and which ones are not. We don’t need a $4 million algorithm that arbitrarily rates teachers to figure it out.

  5. Tom James says:

    Jebby’s accountability system is collapsing like the house of cards it’s built on. But rather than admit they don’t know what the hell they are doing DOE continues to embarrass themselves with repeated screw ups further casting clouds over the legitimacy of the testing regime.
    2014 will be the true test. If Floridians wisely throw out felon scoundrel DICK Scott and get rid of more corrupt and incompetent Republican legislators that will mean people have finally woken up to the reality that the Republican deformers have destroyed our public education system. If Scott is re-elected and Republicans continue to have commanding majorities in both houses there is no hope for public education in Florida.

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