Press Release

AFT and FEA Presidents on Florida Release of Teachers’ VAM Scores

For Release: 

Monday, February 24, 2014


Janet Bass

WASHINGTON—Statements by Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, and Andy Ford, president of the Florida Education Association, on Florida's release today of teachers' value-added measures (VAM) scores.

AFT's Weingarten: "With more and more evidence showing that VAM is not an accurate or reliable assessment tool, Florida does a grave disservice to students, parents, the broader community and its educators by pretending it is and releasing the results publicly. Rather than doing what's needed to help kids apply knowledge, problem solve, think critically and build trusting relationships, Florida wants to reduce students and teachers to data points. Floridians deserve more."

FEA's Andy Ford:  "Once again the state of Florida puts test scores above everything else in public education. And once again, it provides false data that misleads more than it informs. When will the Department of Education stop being beholden to flawed data and start listening to the teachers, education staff professionals, administrators and parents of Florida?"

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.