FCAT used to reward teachers
This is the logical outcome of the NCLB destruction of teacher professionalism.
The reporters cite the Foundation for Excellence in Education (FEE) immediately following a paragraph claiming that "A growing body of research shows that some teachers are far better than others..." thereby establishing a link in the reader's mind between FEE and "a growing body of research." REMINDER: The Partners and Patrons of FEE Include:
21st Century Learning
Blosser and Sayfie
Florida Alliance For Arts Education
Florida Department of Education
Foundation For FloridaĆ¢s Future
Gulf Power Company
Progress Energy - Florida
Royal Caribbean International & Celebrity Cruises
The Florida House
The James Madison Institute
The McGraw-Hill Companies
University of Florida, Lastinger Center
Walt Disney World Company
Worldwide Interactive Network (WIN)
By Ron Matus and Jeffrey S. Solochek
Today in Orlando, 85 Florida teachers will be honored by a Jeb Bush foundation for being the best in their profession.
They'll be given $1,000 and paid passage for two on a Caribbean cruise. They'll share their tips for success with the University of Florida Lastinger Center for Learning so the state's other 170,000 teachers can learn from them.
And how does the foundation know these teachers are tops?
The FCAT said so.
Many teachers recoil at the notion that their skills can be measured by their students' test scores, especially on the ever-controversial Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. But in Florida and across the nation, that idea is picking up steam.
A growing body of research shows that some teachers are far better than others, yet quality rarely factors into salaries. Meanwhile, politicians and policy experts of all stripes are driven by mounting evidence that high-poverty schools often have more subpar teachers.
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Ron Matus and Jeffrey S. Solochek
St Petersburg Times
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