Which state tests carry the highest stakes? Florida’s at the top of the list

Hearing complaints that state tests carry too many consequences, the Hechinger Reportreviewed the stakes attached to Common Core-associated exams in 44 states and the District of Columbia. Its question was, essentially, how will each state use its test scores? “We found that very few states will be using this spring’s scores for any student-related decisions. And…

FSBA Daily Updates: Legislative Session 04-29-2015

FSBA LEGISLATIVE SESSION REVIEW WORKSHOPS Normally, at the end of each legislative session, FSBA compiles a comprehensive Legislative Session Summary and conducts a series of Legislative Session Review Workshops throughout the state.  We had set a tentative schedule for these Workshops but, given the absence of a state budget, uncertainty of when the state budget…

Latest glitches erode confidence in students’ online testing

Florida faces a confidence crisis in its annual testing program. Last week, for the second time in two months, the computerized system crashed, the result of avoidable vendor errors. The upshot has been heightened challenges to Florida’s 15-year-old accountability model. Parents and education advocates question whether the state pushed online testing before its time. They…