Note it took two years. Two years where some teachers were evaluated on students who they never taught or in some cases never met. For two years the powers-that-be in Tallahassee thought this was an acceptable plan. These are the same people that scream vouchers, merit pay and charter schools too.
Well they finaly had a moment of clarity and changed the law and now teachers will be evaluated just on the students they have in their classes. This isn’t perfect either however because now it means students will have to take another round of standardized tests in among other subjects art and music.
It also exposes bigger problems. Teachers can only do so much if we continue to ignore poverty and quite frankly it is wrong to blame them for not being able to overcome problems that we ignore. Then there is all the testing, rich kids at the best private schools don’t get tested like this, why should poor kid? No they get taught where poor kids get tested.
So it took us two years to get here but to be honest we have a lot farther that we need to go.
To read more, click the link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/06/16/new-florida-law-teachers-cant-be-evaluated-on-students-they-dont-have/