Thursday, October 13, 2016

VAM-Based Chaos Reigns in Florida, as Caused by State-Mandated Teacher Turnovers | VAMboozled!

VAM-Based Chaos Reigns in Florida, as Caused by State-Mandated Teacher Turnovers | VAMboozled!:

VAM-Based Chaos Reigns in Florida, as Caused by State-Mandated Teacher Turnovers


The state of Florida is another one of our state’s to watch in that, even since the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) last January, the state is still moving forward with using its VAMs for high-stakes accountability reform. See my most recent post about one district in Florida here, after the state ordered it to dismiss a good number of its teachers as per their low VAM scores when this school year started. After realizing this also caused or contributed to a teacher shortage in the district, the district scrambled to hire Kelly Services contracted substitute teachers to replace them, after which the district also put administrators back into the classroom to help alleviate the bad situation turned worse.
In a recent post released by The Ledgerteachers from the same Polk County School District (size = 100K students) added much needed details and also voiced concerns about all of this in the article that author Madison Fantozzi titled “Polk teachers: We are more than value-added model scores.”
Throughout this piece Fantozzi covers the story of Elizabeth Keep, a teacher who was “plucked from” the middle school in which she taught for 13 years, after which she was involuntarily placed at a district high school “just days before she was to report back to work.” She was one of 35 teachers moved from five schools in need of reform as based on schools’ value-added scores, although this was clearly done with no real concern or regard of the disruption this would cause these teachers, not to mention the students on the exiting and receiving ends. Likewise, and according to Keep, “If you asked students what they need, they wouldn’t say a teacher with a high VAM score…They need consistency and stability.” Apparently not. In Keep’s case, she “went from being the second most experienced person in [her middle school’s English] department…where she was department chair and oversaw the gifted program, to a [new, and never before] 10th- and 11th-grade English teacher” at the new high school to which she was moved.
As background, when Polk County School District officials presented turnaround plans to the State Board of Education last July, school board members “were most critical of their VAM-Based Chaos Reigns in Florida, as Caused by State-Mandated Teacher Turnovers | VAMboozled!:


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