Solutions that don’t break the bank, reinvent the wheel or marginalize our teachers are within our grasp. We could have rigorous classes, safe and disciplined schools and treat teachers like valued colleagues rather than easily replaceable cogs, and we could do so tomorrow if we wanted. Disclaimer, this is an opinion and commentary site and should not be confused as a news site, and you should know that quite often people may disagree with the opinions posted herein.
That’s right. When students have earned a perfect score one year, Florida’s teacher-rating formula predicts that they should earn scores higher than perfect the following year. When they don’t, their teachers get demerits for supposedly not helping them improve enough.
But since most students don’t get perfect scores, how often is this actually a problem?
Up to tens of thousands of times a year, it turns out.
Data provided by the Florida Department of Education show that more than 15,000 students in Florida earned a perfect score last year on the reading portion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. More than 13,000 earned a perfect score on the math portion.