With two votes Wednesday, the State Board of Education put to bed a lengthy, heated debate over how difficult Florida’s student testing and school grading formulas should be.
Board members made it harder to get a passing score on the tests, and easier for a school to earn an A, just weeks before students begin another round of Florida Standards Assessments.
But to many, they ignored a more fundamental problem: the growing lack of confidence in the 16-year-old education accountability system.
“We still contend that our accountability system needs to have another look-see,” said Pasco County school superintendent Kurt Browning, echoing the state superintendents association’s position. “We need to review it in total, not just pieces.”