|Published:||Dec 05, 2012 11:20 AM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 05, 2012 6:34 PM EST|
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The state released it's preliminary report, Wednesday, showing how teachers across Florida are doing in the classroom. Their pay is largely tied to the results.
To review the full report, click here.
The report looked at the performances of teachers, administrators and instructors from the 2011-2012 school year.
School districts ranked their teachers from "highly effective" to "unsatisfactory" based on traditional classroom observations and on student test scores, including the FCAT.
Wink News researched the numbers and found out, 97% of Lee County teachers were ranked as either "effective" or "highly effective." Less than one percent were given an "unsatisfactory" ranking.
Charlotte and Collier Counties had no "unsatisfactory" teachers.
Many teachers are upset about this new ratings system because right now, each district uses its own scoring system.
State law says if teachers have two back to back years of unsatisfactory performances, they can be fired.
On the other hand, effective or highly effective ratings in 2014 can result in a raise.
21 teachers in Lee County received the "unsatisfactory" grade.
Donna Mutzenard with the Lee County Teacher's Union says she wasn't surprised with the results, but she is frustrated with the process.
She says, "do I agree with the whole process to begin with? No. It's not a good process, its not. Well we know it hasn't worked well because it kept getting delayed and delayed and delayed." She says they've heard results from across the state that make her nervous. "The students love them, the parents love them, the students do well in school but because they didn't do well on a test or didn't show growth, a teacher is ranked unsatisfactory."
While every district uses its own system, Mutzenard says they are at the mercy of the state legislators. "One county may have higher scores to make it to 'effective' so you can't compare one county to another, its not an apples to apples comparison."
She is most concerned about what will happen in 2014, when a teacher's salary becomes tied to the results. "A teacher's salary and living is going to be based on an ineffective process. A process that's already shown it has issues, so we need more time," she says. "We definitely need to slow down the train we are on. Test scores are not all that accurate, they give you a picture or snapshot of what's going on that day. They don't predict what kind of teacher you are."
She says, "the bottom line is this isn't fair for anybody, its not fair for the administrators. It's a flawed system and does not reflect what the teachers do in the classroom everyday. I think we just need to stop and take a look at what we do and I hope that the community doesn't look at this as a black and white thing and start degrading the school system, because it's a great school system. It's not right, its not going to attract people to get into education and it will probably have people leaving education that are already in it."
Lee County teachers have not yet recieved their individual results.