Polk County Public Schools is addressing recent staffing changes at three of our schools, which we made in compliance with the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE).
Since late last week, PCPS has relocated a total of 12 teachers from three schools: Griffin Elementary, McLaughlin Middle, and Philip O’Brien Elementary. We were required to make these changes based on the latest VAM (Value-Added Model) teacher scores, which were just provided by the FLDOE last week.
In short, the FLDOE requires school districts to relocate teachers from consistently low-performing schools (as defined by their school grades) if the teachers’ three-year VAM ratings do not meet a certain standard (anything less than “Effective” or “Highly Effective”).
All of the affected PCPS teachers have been successfully placed in other schools. The majority of vacancies have already been filled by certified teachers, and we are vetting additional candidates to fill the other open positions, which are currently occupied by substitutes.
PCPS has tried to be proactive in avoiding these abrupt staffing changes, by monitoring our teachers’ VAM scores and advising principals as they hire staff each year. Unfortunately, we were required to take quick action after the FLDOE released the newest VAM data last week.
We regret any disruption these late staffing changes have caused for our students, teachers and schools, but we want to ensure our community that we are addressing the matter as quickly as possible, and remain focused on our goals for a successful school year.
For more information about VAM, please see http://www.fldoe.org/teaching/performance-evaluation/