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Updated: 03/13/2014 08:00:05AM

Grading teachers is a complex, perplexing issue

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Florida’s Value Added Model — an equation used to grade a teacher’s performance — has been called complex, confusing and unfair. Early results indicate all those adjectives are appropriate.

The Florida Department of Education came up with the plan a couple of years ago to reward top teachers and coax those whose performance is lacking to improve. Eventually the state plans to tie VAM scores to a teacher’s pay. Early evidence indicates there is no easy way to tell if a teacher is doing the job in class, and coupling an evaluation with FCAT can be misleading.

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