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

Feb 25, 2014

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

A copy of today's Florida Times-Union with the teacher evaluation story on the front page.
Credit Patrick Donges / WJCT

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.

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