State pulls back data on teachers


Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 7:04 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 7:04 p.m.

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."

Outgoing Deputy Superintendent Sandy Hollinger said the review could affect Alachua County's numbers, but she maintained that the focus for Alachua County officials remains on revising the data before schools break for the holidays.

"If a number changes, a number changes," she said.

She said the real issue is the implementation of the new evaluation system.

"You want to be accurate. You want to be fair and you want to be balanced," she said. "We don't see any of that."

The new evaluations have come under fire by teachers and district officials because of the state-mandated use of the value-added model, which is tied to student performance on the FCAT, as a 40 percent component of the evaluations.

Districts were responsible for deciding how exactly to use the VAM scores. Local leaders decided last year to use schools' reading VAM scores to factor into the evaluation for non-FCAT teachers, with the rationale being success in reading leads to success in all other subjects.

The district is reviewing the data in order to submit revision by the holiday break.

Contact Joey Flechas at 338-3166 or joey.flechas@gvillesun.com.

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