Nearly 98 percent of Florida’s public school teachers earned good evaluations for the 2013-14 school year, just as they’ve done for the past two years, data released today shows.
Central Florida school districts, as we reported late last month, mirrored the state, with almost all teachers evaluated earning “highly effective” or “effective” ratings — the top two categories — on their annual reviews.
Education Commissioner Pam Stewart said she was proud that so many teachers did so well.
But she added, “There’s no doubt that some of our school districts still need improvement and we should not have any failing schools. This is why we’re continuing to examine many factors that affect student outcomes, including our assessments.”
Under Florida’s 2011 teacher merit-pay law, teacher evaluations must be based partly on student test score data — crunched through a complicated state formula — and partly on classroom evaluations.