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March 12, 2018
The Florida Department of Education has recognized more than 180 Polk County Public Schools teachers as being “high-impact.”
“This is what makes Polk County Public Schools special: the quality, talent, and dedication of our educators,” said Superintendent Jacqueline M. Byrd.
“We are truly fortunate to have so many exceptional teachers within our district. Our teachers expand minds, inspire greatness, and make a positive impact every day. To have 184 of our teachers recognized as high-impact by the state is truly remarkable and we are very proud. Congratulations and thank you to all of our high-impact teachers.”
The Florida Department of Education identified high-impact teachers through an analysis of students’ performance on statewide standardized assessments for three years (2016-17, 2015-16, and 2014-15).
High-impact teachers taught any of the following grades and subjects: English Language Arts (grades 4-10), mathematics (grades 4-8) and Algebra 1 (grades 8-9). The analysis was based on a state-level value-added model (VAM), which is part of an educator’s overall evaluation.
In a letter to high-impact teachers, Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart wrote:
“We know more than we have ever known about the impact teaching has on student outcomes. With this knowledge comes the opportunity to celebrate successes and to support all educators in their journey to become more effective in the classroom. This starts by recognizing you.
A list of Polk County Public Schools’ 184 high-impact teachers can be found here.