Florida Board of Education resists educator-parent pressure on test scores

TALLAHASSEE — Members of the Florida Board of Education want Education Commissioner Pam Stewart to provide them with more data to help them set passing marks for the new statewide assessment, which continues to attract backlash from superintendents, teachers and parents statewide. Standing by the Florida Standards Assessments and in an effort to prove the…

Time to think about revising the constitution

It’s time to start thinking about changing the constitution. Once every 20 years Florida convenes a Constitution Revision Commission to recommend changes to the constitution for voters to consider. Commissioners will meet again in 2017 and 18 legal, political and voting rights groups have banded together to get people talking about what they would like…

Following Obama Administration’s Announcement on Test Reductions, New Brief Considers Alternative Accountability Approaches

BOULDER, CO (October 25, 2015) – Yesterday, the Obama Administration acknowledged its own role in escalating the nation’s over-reliance on high-stakes, test-based accountability policies. It issued a Testing Action Plan for states, including a section on “reducing the reliance on student test scores through our rules and executive actions,” backing away somewhat from the Administration’s…

State graduation rates continue to climb

Even though the high school Class of 2013 reached a record on-time graduation rate of 81 percent,  it appears like the Class of 2014 is poised to pass their classmates. According to preliminary data released this afternoon from the U.S. Department of Education, 36 states saw improvements in their on-time high school graduates rates over…