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.”
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.