Polk teachers: We are more than V.A.M. scores

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Elizabeth Keep in her classroom at Winter Haven High. THE LEDGER

By Madison Fantozzi
The Ledger

Elizabeth Keep was plucked from Westwood Middle after 13 years and placed at Winter Haven High involuntarily just days before she was to report back to work.

She is one of 35 teachers who has been moved from five turnaround schools — Boone, Denison, Kathleen, Lake Alfred-Addair and Westwood middle schools — based on value-added model scores, which are largely based on the performance of students on state tests.

“These schools are struggling and now every classroom a teacher gets pulled out of is being disrupted,” Keep said. “If you asked students what they need, they wouldn’t say a teacher with a high VAM score.

“They need consistency and stability.”

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