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Updated: 12/03/2013 7:52 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Teachers aren't just handing out grades, they're being graded themselves. The results are in.

Only 11.5 percent of Duval County teachers earned the top mark, which is lower than most other counties.

The jury's still out on whether Florida teacher evaluations should be given much clout.

"Those assessments are not necessarily done at a high level," said Duval County Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti.

Action News just got the numbers for last school year. For Duval County, 10.7 percent of teachers are considered highly effective, down from 11.5 percent the year before. 82.8 percent are effective, compared to 82 percent the previous year.

A total of 286 teachers need improvement, 198 are listed as developing and 12 teachers are unsatisfactory. Vitti said any teacher given that grade two years in a row will be terminated.

"There's a way to do this statewide so our assessments are better created. They're better aligned and they have more credibility," Vitti said.

The grade is based off principal evaluations and students' test scores. Vitti said those can be drastically different.

He thinks changes need to be made so the scores are more fair. The state is considering adding in student, parent and peer evaluations.

"What I'm looking for eventually is what I call the calibration, where you're seeing a parallel between what kids are doing versus how the principal evaluates the teacher. So what we don't want to see are extremes," he said.

Vitti said he wants the top scoring teachers placed in the lowest scoring schools to help bring grades up. He's working to implement that for the future.

He also wants the grades to be incentive-based and no teachers with a bad mark would qualify for a bonus that year.

Here are the rest of the numbers statewide.

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