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Times-Union Reporters On The Publication Of Individual State Teacher Scores

Patrick Donges

The Florida Times-Union won a major victory Monday in a year-long battle over the release of the state’s teacher scores.

The Florida Department of Education has released hundreds of thousands of scores measuring the effectiveness of state teachers through Florida’s controversial value-added model, known as VAM.

VAM measures teacher effectiveness through a complex formula that examines the difference between a students’ predicted performance on statewide assessments and their actual results.

The Times-Union has been fighting the state education department, along with the Florida Education Association, for the release of the data for over a year, arguing that the information is public record.

Last February, the media outlet sued the state and association over the matter.

Times-Union reporters Topher Sanders and Khristopher Brooks joined Melissa Ross to discuss the legal battle and the teacher scores.

You can follow Melissa Ross on Twitter @MelissainJax.

Melissa Ross joined WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in broadcasting, including stints in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. During her career as a television and radio news anchor and reporter, Melissa has won four regional Emmys for news and feature reporting.