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Wed May 7, 2014
Judge Says Florida Teacher Evaluations Are Unfair, But Constitutional
Florida teachers and education groups sued over a change in state law that enables districts to tie evaluations to student performance. A federal judge says the state’s way of evaluating teachers is constitutional.
The law was passed in 2011. It allows some teachers to be evaluated based on test scores of students who aren’t in their class. They can also be judged based on test results in subject areas they don't even teach.
Starting next year, their pay will be impacted.
U.S. District Judge Mark Walker said his ruling was based solely on whether the evaluation system is constitutional.
He noted that the system is supposed to measure the individual effectiveness of each teacher, but the standards for evaluation differ significantly and are unfair.
The teachers union says it’s considering further legal action.
News Service of Florida contributed to this report.
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