Florida Unions Sue Over Test-Score-Based Evaluations
The National Education Association, on behalf of three affiliates of its Florida chapter and seven teachers, sued the state education department this morning, contending that the formula used to assess some teachers in the Sunshine State violates their constitutional rights.
The groups seek an injunction against a recent state law that outlines teacher-evaluation procedures, and against three districts’ specific implementation policies. If granted, it would essentially throw out evaluation results from the 2011-12 year, and for future years until a new system can be devised.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. district court in Florida, appears to be the first example nationwide of a teachers’ union suing over the specific metric used to calculate teachers’ contribution to student learning. Debates abound about such “value added” formulas, both on their technical properties, and how states are...
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