The judge hearing The Florida Times-Union’s lawsuit to obtain the state’s controversial value-added teacher performance data won’t make a decision for at least two weeks. Florida law exempts teacher evaluations for one year from public inspection. The Times-Union’s attorney argued that the value-added data is not the teacher’s evaluation and is therefore not exempt from the public records law.
"Since the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test data used to calculate value-added figures is public, and the formula for value-added is public, the result created when the state crunches the data for teachers should not be exempt," said Media Partner Jennifer Mansfield.
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