How the state of Florida used bad data to almost destroy a teacher’s life.

Emily Litella and Duval County or the State of Florida
From a Reader
Recently I
heard from a Civics teacher about the student data piece of an evaluation from
a prior year. It brought to mind the brilliant Gilda Radner and her character,
Emily Litella.
The teacher
received an email that said an error had been made in the VAM score for the
year 2013 – 2014. Seems that the score wasn’t below 25% of students making
growth and that the NEEDS IMPROVEMENT rating was in error. In actuality, the
teacher is EFFECTIVE.
The teacher
was told: Recently,
it was discovered that there was an error in the posting of scores for the
2013-2014 Civics’ Assessment for CAST, which resulted in a miscalculation of
student growth scores in the Civic silo.  As a result, there has been a
change in your final Summative Evaluation score for that year and your final
rating went up a level.  Below, you will find both your previous and
revised final scores and ratings. You have the option to not take any action or
to sign a corrected copy of your 2013-2014 evaluation.  Should you desire
to sign a corrected copy, please notify me via e-mail by Wednesday, November 18th
If you choose not to take any action, then a copy of this report is being
attached to your 2013-2014 Summative Evaluation and forwarded to the Florida
Department of Education.
In other words, ever since the ERRONEOUS rating, the teacher
went through 9 kinds of hell as district people flooded the classroom to show
what was wrong and how to do it right. (Sorry for the awkward phrasing, but I
am not using pronouns to narrow down the gender. So admins on all levels, stop
trying to guess who this is.) The teacher worried about not only losing the
job, but the career if the state continued to get erroneous evaluations and the
law mandated that the teaching certificate be invalidated through non-renewal.
But a year and a half later, the teacher gets a ‘My Bad,’ and
… well, Emily LItella said it best:
I thought
that was the end of this piece, but the teacher tells me that in spite of
complying with the District to go in to Prudential Drive and sign a correct
version of the evaluation, the District isn’t fussed enough to tell the teacher
when to come in and do so.
An Emily
Litella ending indeed. Oh go ahead and watch it one more time:

It’s the
best a teacher is going to get.

3 Replies to “How the state of Florida used bad data to almost destroy a teacher’s life.”

  1. They will probably never leave her alone now, because they have decided she's a bad teacher and they won't admit they were wrong.

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