Florida roundup: Teacher evals, vocabulary gaps, ed reform pileup & more

More on teacher evaluations. Problems with teacher evaluation data this week are the latest in a string of mistakes involving the DOE, writes Gradebook. Lower-profile reports are dogged with inconsistencies, too, though it’s not always the state’s fault, notes StateImpact Florida. Ultimately, the revised numbers released Thursday aren’t much different from the numbers originally released Wednesday morning – or from the out-of-whack numbers under the old system. If nearly 97 percent of teachers are rated effective or highly effective, has Florida made accountability too easy? asks EdFly Blog. More from Tampa Bay Times, Lakeland Ledger, Florida Times Union, Fort Myers News Press, Naples Daily News, Hechinger Report.

Too much reform on the runway? School Zone. (Image from pictureboston.com)

Achievement gaps in vocabulary. Gradebook. School Zone.

Tony Bennett’s views on Florida’s reforms. StateImpact Florida. Testing Is Not Teaching isn’t a fan of the former Indiana state superintendent, reports the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Charter conversion. Parents of an A-rated school in Miami-Dade are pressing to convert it into a charter so they can more quickly remedy a problem with aging buildings, reports the Miami Herald.

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BY Ron Matus

Ron Matus is director for policy and public affairs at Step Up for Students and a former editor of redefinED. He joined Step Up in February 2012 after 20 years in journalism, including eight years as an education reporter with the Tampa Bay Times (formerly the St. Petersburg Times). Ron can be reached at rmatus@stepupforstudents.org or (727) 451-9830. Follow him on Twitter @RonMatus1 and on facebook at facebook.com/redefinedonline.