TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida appeals court says that data used to prepare teacher evaluations is a public record.

The 1st District Court of Appeal on Tuesday sided with The Florida Times-Union in a lawsuit the newspaper filed against the Florida Department of Education.

Teacher evaluations do not become public record for two years. The newspaper in October 2012, however, filed a public records request for the "value-added measurement" used to evaluate teachers. The data is based on test scores.

After the state turned down the request the newspaper filed a lawsuit. A circuit court sided with the Department of Education.

But the appeals court said data collected by the state is not part of a teacher's evaluation and should be released. A DOE spokesman said the agency was analyzing the ruling.