Frequency of Evaluations : Florida

Identifying Effective Teachers Policy

Goal

The state should require annual evaluations of all teachers.

Nearly meets
Suggested Citation:
National Council on Teacher Quality. (2011). Frequency of Evaluations : Florida results. State Teacher Policy Database. [Data set].
Retrieved from: https://www.nctq.org/yearbook/state/FL-Frequency-of-Evaluations--8

Analysis of Florida's policies

Commendably, all teachers in Florida must be evaluated at least annually. 

Nonprobationary teachers are required to have a formal evaluation at least once a year. Newly-hired teachers in Florida must now be observed and evaluated at least twice in their first year of teaching. However, the state does not articulate when the first observation should occur. 

Citation

Recommendations for Florida

Base evaluations on multiple observations.
To guarantee that annual evaluations are based on an adequate collection of information, Florida should require multiple observations for all teachers. This is important for all probationary teachers, not just those in their first year of teaching, as well as teachers who have nonprobationary status.

Ensure that new teachers are observed and receive feedback early in the school year.
It is critical that schools and districts closely monitor the performance of new teachers. Florida should ensure that its new teachers get the support they need and that supervisors know early on which new teachers may be struggling or at risk for unacceptable levels of performance. As evaluation instruments become more data driven, it may not be feasible to issue a formal evaluation rating until applicable student data are available later in the year.

State response to our analysis

Florida asserted that teachers considered probationary, and therefore require a minimum of two evaluations, include all teachers "newly hired by the district"—not just those in their first year of teaching. 

Research rationale

For the frequency of evaluations in government and private industry, see survey results from Hudson Employment Index's report: "Pay and Performance in America: 2005 Compensation and Benefits Report" Hudson Highlands Group (2005).

For research emphasizing the importance of evaluation and observations for new teachers in predicting future success and providing support for teachers see, D. Staiger and J. Rockoff, "Searching for Effective Teachers with Imperfect Information." The Journal of Economic Perspectives. (24:3) American Economic Association (2010).