Gov. Rick Scott today signed a bill (SB 1664) that aims to stop teachers from being evaluated on students or subjects they didn't teach.
The Florida Education Association called the measure a "partial fix" to the sweeping teacher merit pay law the Florida Legislature adopted in 2011.
That law requires that teachers be evaluated, in part, based on student test score data. And last year -- the first the new law was in place -- most teachers were judged based on math and reading scores from the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.
But many teachers -- such as those who teach kindergarten, art or high school chemistry -- don't teach those subjects or the grades covered by those FCAT exams.
A provision of the new law makes that practice no longer possible.
The association, the statewide teachers union, said the law would help but not solve what it says are many remaining problems with the merit-pay law.
"While educators welcome SB 1664, the new law still leaves many questions unanswered," the union said in a statement. " Most importantly, it remains unclear what measures will be used to evaluate teachers whose students do not take the FCATs.
"And the law does not require that teachers be evaluated on the basis of the subjects they teach, leaving the door open for art, music, science, health, and other teachers to be evaluated using arbitrary and unfair measures unrelated to their work. "Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun