Teachers are calling on lawmakers to throw out a new system of evaluating their performance. They say the recently adopted Value Added Model, which bases half of a teacher’s performance evaluation on their students test scores and learning gains is flawed.
Third grade teacher Margaret Goodwin says she was considered a highly effective teacher before the new system was put in place. Now Ms. Goodwin’s been labeled an ineffective teacher. "It’s belittling. It’s awful. It’s a label that I wouldn’t wish on anybody, but I have it now and I’d like it to come off.”
The Florida Education Association, the state's largest teachers union, brought the group to the capitol. FEA has also sent a letter to Governor Rick Scott asking for his help in changing the evaluation process.