A very interesting study supporting the not surprising anywhere but in education, concept that the ability to pay better teachers more can improve student results. Quote from the WSJ article is below, and the full study can be found at Unions, Salaries, and The Market for Teachers: Evidence from Wisconsin. Ms. Biasi found that better… Read more »
Interesting article about a fight in Virginia to make teacher data available to the public. Brian Davison had to go to court to pry loose state data about student performance in the public schools. Now teachers are going to court to keep him from sharing it.Davison, a Loudoun County, Virginia resident, sought data on student… Read more »
Today, this article talks about putting the best teachers in the schools dubbed failure factories in Pinellas. If they go about this the right way, this is exactly what the district has to do. The headline of the article is sadly wrong though, Pinellas agreed to do this about 4 years ago in a school… Read more »
Good morning all, we are excited to announce that myflteacher.com is now updated to include the teacher data from the 2014-15 year. We are sorry it has taken so long, the delay is basically because of how long it took the DOE to release teacher results this year, months longer than normal. One thing we… Read more »
Now the the website is updated with the 2014- 2015 data,(YES!) some questions have arisen about validity in light of the move to a new exam, the FSA. Short answer is that the change has not hurt the validity of the data, long answer can be found below. Transition to FSA Does Not Adversely Impact… Read more »
Identify Florida’s Best Teachers
Why should you care about identifying Florida’s Best Teachers?
Apart from parental involvement, the most important factor contributing to how well a student will learn is the effectiveness of the teacher. Schools don’t teach students, teachers do, and the differing effectiveness between teachers in a school is usually greater than school to school differences.
Some studies have shown that the difference in student learning between having a teacher that is in the top 25% versus the bottom 25% is equivalent to half a year of knowledge. See opportunity_at_the_top-public_impact, pg 5. This is huge! For example, if you take two students that start 4th grade having achieved proficiency in third grade, with one student being assigned a top teacher and the other a bottom teacher, and if they received the same quality of teacher the following year, at the end of the 5th grade, the student with the top teacher would be likely to be on a 5th grade level and the student with a bottom teacher would be likely to be at a 4th grade level. We also know that:
- Years of experience do not matter for a teacher’s performance – after the first 3-4 years, they are as good or bad as they will be.
- Most advanced degrees do not matter for teachers.
- Existing pay systems are predicated on years of experience and degrees.
- The best and worst teachers in a district with the same experience are paid the same amount.
Florida is the first state in the country to have the information on the best teachers publicly available statewide. Using this site you can identify English/Language arts/Reading teachers and math teachers, that, based on real data measuring how much their students learned in the course of a year, are the best teachers in Florida’s Public Schools.
There are two separate searches. Parents can search all public schools, including charter schools, by school or by teacher name, to identify the teachers in the statewide top 30% based on student learning. No login is needed for that search.
Charter schools recruiting teachers can do a much broader search, identifying all the teachers in a district that are in the top percentiles, and pulling up years of experience and address information to allow them to better recruit excellent effective teachers. A free login is required for the charter search: charter school operators can obtain credentials by emailing and requesting login credentials.
Choose your button and start your search!
Basic Scope of the Excellent Teacher Database.
This database generally covers 4-10th grade teachers in English/ Language Arts/ Reading and Math, who are in the statewide top 30% based on comparative student gains. Some teachers who would otherwise be included are excluded from this database if their class sizes were too small for FERPA reasons, or if the Department of Education deemed their information to otherwise be exempt, since this database is derived from the information released by the Department. This website database does not contain information on teachers that taught other subjects. The only included teachers are those for whom an evaluation was done based on the students they were assigned to teach. This database is also based on multiple years of data for most teachers, since multiple years of data can increase the accuracy.
Things to consider when searching database.
The most recent data in this search database is from the 2014-15 school year, and teachers move, change schools and are reassigned, so if a teacher you are expecting to find at a school is not listed, a search on the teacher name will sometimes reveal that teacher as listed at a different school.
Florida’s Value Added Model
There is a page on this website dedicated to more information about the teacher evaluation model underpinning this database, but basically the Florida VAM looks at student’s prior gains, and predicts, based on actual student performance, what the expected student performance would be, and then evaluates the teacher on how far the current year’s performance exceeds or under performs the expected student performance.