Florida Standards Assessments ‘never’ sole factor in promotion, state says

Parents of third graders across Florida have raised loud complaints lately that their school administrators and teachers have threatened their children with retention if they don’t pass the Florida Standards Assessment or an alternate test. District officials say they’re sticking to state law, which says: “To be promoted to grade 4, a student must score…

FSBA #FridayFive – Week of Mar. 28, 2016

1.    Is teaching algebra as necessary as was once thought?  http://www.chron.com/news/us/article/Is-algebra-an-unnecessary-stumbling-block-in-US-7209860.php 2.    Schools struggle with lead in water:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/27/us/schools-nationwide-still-grapple-with-lead-in-water.html?_r=0 3.    Sarasota’s Pineview among the 50 smartest public high schools in America:  http://www.businessinsider.com/smartest-public-high-schools-in-america-2016-3 4.    Innovative Uses of Technology in School Districts:  http://www.centerdigitaled.com/awards/digital-districts/National-Survey-Recognizes-School-Districts-for-Innovative-Uses-of-Technology.html 5.    Michigan high school offers taxidermy class:  http://www.usnews.com/news/offbeat/articles/2016-04-01/new-taxidermy-class-a-hit-at-michigan-high-school