Hoping to spur action, Owen Roberts quits state-level testing panel

Citing disillusionment with the Florida Department of Education’s rollout of the controversial Florida Standards Assessment, the tests’ validity and the consequences for students, teachers and schools, Alachua County Public Schools Superintendent Owen Roberts announced his resignation from a state-level testing and education review committee Tuesday night. Education Commissioner Pam Stewart established the Keep Florida Learning…

Leon, Wakulla Score Well On FSA Test As Education Groups Push Back

Historically high-performing districts would largely remain at the top, and historical poor performers, near the bottom. That’s according to district-level performance results from the new Florida Standards Assessment. Leon County has been near the top but as the news isn’t as good for the rest of the surrounding counties. Listen/Read full article

Florida’s School Board Members Seek Overhaul of State’s Accountability System

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida School Boards Association (FSBA) recognizes the need for a strong accountability system at the school, district and state level in order to secure a uniform, efficient, safe, secure and high quality system of free public schools as guaranteed by the Florida Constitution. The FSBA also firmly supports the Florida Standards…

Florida Superintendents Have Consistently Supported a Strong and Reliable Accountability System (FADSS)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                                          September 30, 2015 FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF DISTRICT SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS Tallahassee, FL – Florida superintendents have steadfastly defended and supported increased rigor, high academic standards, and a strong accountability system that accurately measures student performance. That support has not waivered. Superintendents appreciate and are encouraged by Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart’s 2014-15 cut score recommendations.…

Read: The First Results From Florida’s New Statewide Test

Florida school districts received the first round of test results from the Florida Standards Assessments this week. The results show what percentage of students in each district scored within each quartile of all Florida students taking the exams. Parents can expect more detailed scores for their students next month. The state is now setting cut scores for…

Florida education commissioner recommends FSA cut scores

Florida education commissioner Pam Stewart proposed state test “cut scores” that would see more middle grades students earning top marks on the annual Florida Standards Assessments than advisory panels recommended. Elementary students, by contrast, would find it tougher to earn a top math score. Her language arts recommendations essentially match those of the advisory group.…

State fails its own school districts

The long-festering dispute between local school districts and an unreasonable Florida Department of Education turned into open revolt last week as superintendents across the state finally declared that they’ve lost confidence in the state’s testing and grading system. The well-justified howl from the districts follows years of mounting frustration with a flawed system that unfairly…

Superintendents Issue Rebuke Of School Accountability System

Less than a month after the Department of Education touted the validity of a new standardized test, Florida school superintendents issued a statement saying they have “lost confidence” in the state’s public-school accountability system. “We have witnessed the erosion of public support for an accountability system that was once a model for the nation,” the…