News Release: Associated Press News
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida is releasing individual performance scores for more than 100,000 teachers across the state.
The Department of Education on Monday released the data after losing a lawsuit. The Florida Times-Union in October 2012 first asked for the information the state planned to use as part of a new evaluation system for teachers. An appeals court sided with the newspaper late last year.
The teacher scores are meant to measure how much a teacher helped a student learn including how well a student did on standardized tests.
Education Commissioner Pam Stewart told teachers that the department would not post the information on its website, but cautioned that the news media would likely release it.
Andy Ford, president of the Florida Education Association, contended the information released was flawed and meaningless.