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ERIC Number: EJ965114
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0276-928X
Measurement Makeover: Florida District Revamps Teacher Evaluation to Focus on Student Achievement
von Frank, Valerie
Journal of Staff Development, v32 n6 p32-39 Dec 2011
Hillsborough County (Fla.) Public Schools had a concern. A review in 2008 of teacher evaluations in the district found that more than 99% of the 12,000 teachers were rated satisfactory or outstanding, and nearly half of high school teachers received perfect scores. While Hillsborough is a high-performing district and has several high schools on "Newsweek's" 2010 list of the nation's best, many in the district agreed the evaluations must be misleading. The evaluations seemed to have little real connection to teachers' daily work. Teachers also were frustrated that the effort yielded few specifics about what they could do to improve. Hillsborough began extensive work in spring 2009 to consider ways to improve teaching quality. The district developed a new teacher evaluation system that uses multiple measures, including peer and mentor observations and student learning data. As the district looks toward continuing to refine teaching practices that lead to student learning, the new system is making a difference. Teachers understand what the expectations are, and they are teaching at a higher level than they have ever taught before.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida