Charter School Teacher Evaluation Tool Receives State Approval

Tallahassee, FLORIDA – May 6, 2013 – To help public charter schools comply with Senate Bill 736 (SB 736), also known as the Student Success Act, the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) developed two comprehensive evaluation tools. The FCPCS tools were recently approved by the Florida Department of Education and Mifflin Harcourt -- an Educational Consulting Services firm working with FLDOE on the development of a teacher evaluation system. This allows charter schools – regardless of district they operate in -- to use the FCPCS tools in order to meet state mandated evaluations.

Specifically designed for charter schools by a committee of charter school principals and leaders, the FCPCS Charter School Teacher Evaluation System and the FCPCS School-Based Administrator Evaluation System are comprehensive instruments that meet standards as outlined in state statute and the Department of Education. Available to the more than 400 FCPCS member schools, the Teacher and School-Based Administrator Evaluation Systems include procedural handbooks and detailed evaluation rubrics and other evaluation criteria school leaders and governing board members can use to meet state mandates. The FCPCS evaluation systems also include an online professional development component. Through a partnership with Educational Impact, an online professional development provider, school leaders and governing board members can assign online courses and video training segments to educators who need to improve performance.

“Approval from the state means that our 400-plus member schools can confidently use the FCPCS Teacher and School-Based Administrator Evaluation Systems to meet the state required evaluations while continuing to operate at a high level of quality and effectiveness,” explains Robert Haag, President of FCPCS.