Schools in ‘holding pattern’ while they await testing study

TALLAHASSEE—Students in some Florida districts are already back in school, but their administrators and teachers still don’t have the results from last school year’s state exams. After technical problems disrupted this spring’s computer-based state exams, the first administration of tests based on Florida’s version of the Common Core standards, Gov. Rick Scott and the state…

Florida testing validity study should be done on time, contractor says

Alpine Testing Solutions, the firm conducting Florida’s testing validity study, reports that its work should be completed by the Sept. 1 deadline that lawmakers set. The group has received much of the documentation it requested, and conducted several interviews in gathering information to help reach findings. One area where Alpine has requested more specifics is…

Schools are able to hire stronger teachers when economy is weak, study finds

A weak economy appears to have at least one upside: Schools are able to hire more effective teachers, according to new research. Teachers hired during recessions were significantly more effective, as judged by their students’ performance on standardized tests, than teachers hired during better economic times, according to working paper published this week by the…