FCAT Scores Could Impact Teacher Raises

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By: Mike Springer
May 26, 2013

Tallahassee, FL-Florida's teachers are in line for a raise. But for some of them, this year's FCAT scores may determine how much they get.

This year, 2013 the Florida Legislature approved $480 million dollars in across-the-board, merit-based raises for teachers.

School Districts must decide if they will use this year's Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test or FCAT scores or other measures to determine raises.

But not everyone feels basing raises off of standardized test scores is the way to go.

"It's not fair to a teacher to take a child who's never learned how to do math, or do the alphabet or read and take him from the Third Grade and try to teach him what he missed in the First, Second and Third Grade and put the weight on a Fourth Grade teacher and base her salary on the fact she is trying to bring this child up to speed," said Tallahassee resident Michael Gavin.

In future years, the state says half of a teacher's merit-based raise will be influenced by how well their students perform on the FCAT.

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