Florida accountability laws need ‘total rewrite,’ Pasco superintendent says

Florida’s education accountability system has lost credibility among too many Floridians to remain effective as-is, Pasco County schools superintendent Kurt Browning said Friday. Without changes, “I think it’s just going to get worse,” said Browning, the only superintendent to attend the state Senate Education Committee’s Thursday hearing on testing. “Whether real or perceived, school administrators,…

Florida School Boards Association considers testing, choice proposals in legislative platform

With Florida legislative committees getting started, the state School Boards Association is putting the finishing touches on its legislative priority package for the new session. It’s focusing a lot of its attention on testing and accountability as it presents a proposal to members before formal adoption. Some of the ideas have been talked about before,…

Editorial: Florida’s student tests deserve an F

Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart called it “welcome news.” County school superintendents say it confirms their worst fears about the botched rollout of the Florida Standards Assessments and suggest the test results are worthless. So you read the following annotated excerpts from the just-released $600,000 study by Alpine Testing Solutions of this year’s FSA and…

Florida Department of Education releases recommended FSA cut scores

In conjunction with the first of three public hearings, the Florida Department of Education has released its educator and reactor panels’ recommended cut scores for the Florida Standards Assessments. The proposal, in a lengthy slide presentation, shows recommendations for math and language arts exams at several grade levels. Generally speaking, if applied the suggested levels…