Tag Archives: VAM

Outgoing Florida District Administrator Rips Test-Dominated Accountability System as “Reckless” and “Not Good For Children”

From Jeffrey Solochek in the Tampa Bay Times: In resigning from Pasco County schools, outgoing assistant superintendent Amelia Larson submitted a three-page letter to the superintendent and School Board chairwoman detailing her passion for education and her strong concerns about … Continue reading

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Will Lake County Schools Say No to Rick Scott’s Value Added Model Along With School Grades?

Florida’s school districts continue their revolt against Rick Scott and Jeb Bush’s education model. The Lake County School Board added their district to that  growing list, but took the remarkable step of doing away with provisions of Rick Scott’s signature teacher … Continue reading

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Florida’s High School Seniors: Our Ill-Served FCAT Generation

The wonderful high school seniors for whom Florida teachers have gained great affection will be  walking the halls of state schools  for just a few more days. They do so with a sad, knowing smile of what the last few days – and last … Continue reading

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AIR’s Connections to Florida’s “Miserable” VAM Scores

Lakeland Ledger columnist Glenn Marston dug deeper into Florida’s new testing contractor: More concerning about AIR’s Florida connections is the miserable teacher-grading program it created for the state, known as the value-added model. The inconclusive teacher evaluations are useless. The Tampa … Continue reading

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Pensacola News Journal: “Dysfunctional” VAM a “Farce”

From the editors of the Pensacola News Journal: Thanks to a legal challenge by the Florida Times-Union, Floridians now have yet another glimpse at just how dysfunctional and absurd school accountability standards are in this state. After battling the Jacksonville … Continue reading

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VAM Margin for Error Exceeds 50%; Meanwhile, Florida GOP Senate Wants to Give BOE More Control Over School Grades

The editors of the Bradenton Herald pointed out just how flawed that teacher Value Added Metrics (VAM)  based on test scores have proved to be: Florida’s teacher evaluation system bears too many flaws to be worthy of setting standards for performance … Continue reading

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Fort Myers News-Press: For Teachers, VAM Doesn’t Add Up

From the editors of the News-Press: Think back to a schoolteacher who had a positive impact on your life. Chances are, your choice wasn’t based on explanations of quadratic equations or whether she helped advance your reading skills a full … Continue reading

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Florida Democrats File Bills to Pause Exams, Accountability Regimes

From Miami Herald reporter Kathleen McGrory: For months, school superintendents have been asking the state to slow down the transition to new standards, statewide exams and accountability measures. On Thursday, the CEO of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents … Continue reading

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“Absurdity of Florida’s VAM Scam”

Writes Palm Coast teacher Jo Ann C. Nahirny in her column at FlaglerLive: Now fully armed with my own VAM scores, (and since I’d paid the fee to access the site anyway) I decided to compare my scores to that … Continue reading

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Has Top FLDOE Numbers Cruncher Changed Her Tune On VAM?

The Florida Department of Education vigorously opposed the release of controversial VAM data. FlaglerLive quotes chief of staff Kathy Hebda on the release: Monday, the Department of Education released masses of data in compliance with the court order, but it … Continue reading

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