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Orange Teachers Angry About Evaluations

Many Orange County teachers are demoralized and angry about a state teacher evaluation report that showed Central Florida’s largest school district had fewer top-notch instructors than most districts in Florida.

The report released last week showed the percentage of Orange teachers deemed “highly effective” was 2.4 percent last school year, down from more than 80 percent the year before, and off the state average of 37.5 percent.

Some Orange teachers said the evaluation report made the district’s public school teachers look bad and made them suspect administrators had purposely lowered evaluation scores.

Others said the state report highlighted that teacher evaluations required by Florida’s 2011 teacher merit-pay law remain unreliable, with wide and seemingly inexplicable disparities from district to district and even school to school.