Superintendent Kathryn LeRoy and Polk Education Association President Marianne Capoziello sent teachers a joint email Thursday about the evaluation change.
described EPC as the principal's measure of how a teacher is doing.
The criteria include "designing student assessments," "lesson delivery and engaging students in learning," "managing student behavior" and "individual continuous professional improvement."
said the union thinks excluding student performance this year is allowable because of a clause in its Collective Bargaining Agreement with the district.
The agreement says - and has since at least 2013 - that if Florida law regarding teacher evaluation changes, the district will not use any student learning growth data until both parties have agreed to a new evaluation system.
Teachers should know at the beginning of the year how they will be evaluated, Capoziello
And with questions surrounding Florida's standardized exams - the Florida Standards Assessment, the end-of-course exams and end-of-year tests - they have expressed relief to not be evaluated based on student performance.
"If you're not sure it's a good system, you shouldn't put it in place until you know what you're doing is valid, especially when you're making decisions about people's professional careers," she
The new law requires the state to make sure statewide standardized assessments (the FSA and the EOCs) are valid before they can be used for evaluations or school grades.
"Teachers want fair, valid and reliable measures of accountability," Capoziello
said, "not just something pasted together willy-nilly."
But the Polk County School District has decided it will not be used at all, just for this year.Superintendent Kathryn LeRoy and Polk Education Association President Marianne Capoziello sent teachers a joint email Thursday about the evaluation change."We will not use any end-of-year testing or other measures of student performance to calculate your final overall rating," the email says. Students are still taking the tests, and Cheryl Etters, a Florida Department of Education spokeswoman, said school districts have to factor in their performance. "The law is the law," Etters said.