FSBA Daily Updates: Legislative Session 03-05-2015

The House Education Committee conducted a workshop on its Draft Legislation on Assessment and Accountability.  The draft bill revises school start date to allow districts to set an opening date as early as August 10; eliminates requirement to regularly assess K-3 students; repeals required remediation for middle grades students who score level 1 or 2…

FSBA Daily Updates: Legislative Session 03-04-2015

In the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee: HB 99 – Juvenile Civil Citations by Clarke-Reed – AMENDED AND PASSED WITH A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE (CS) Requires that law enforcement officer, upon making contact with juvenile who admits having committed misdemeanor, issue civil citation in certain circumstances. HB 493 – Concealed Weapon / Evacuations by Fitzenhagen – AMENDED AND PASSED WITH…

FRS overhaul emerges again as House priority

Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli is calling on lawmakers to overhaul the Florida Retirement System this year, something many observers see as an uphill battle because of continuing opposition in the Senate. Crisafulli on Tuesday laid out his agenda for the 2015 legislative session, including cutting hundreds of millions in taxes, improving the education system,…

State says tests OK but South Florida schools not yet on board

The Florida Department of Education gave the all-clear to resume high-stakes testing on Tuesday, but South Florida’s largest counties postponed the exams as technical problems persisted for a second day. Florida’s testing failures instantly became fodder for state lawmakers as they opened their annual session. A pair of senators went so far as to call…

School Districts Report Second Day Of Testing Problems

For the second day in a row, some Florida school districts decided to suspend required testing because of computer problems. The Florida Department of Education told school leaders this morning that test provider American Institutes for Research had found and corrected the problems that shut down testing Monday. The agency wrote the testing system was showing “improved” performance.…

FSBA Daily Updates: Legislative Session 03-03-2015

TODAY’S HAPPENINGS In the opening Sessions of the House and Senate both House Speaker Crisafulli and Senate President Andy Gardener outlined a joint 5-point work plan that included, among other things, improving the education system through increased funding and revised policies, particularly with regard to students with disabilities.  The commitment to increase education funding aligns with…

Leon County: All Online FSA Testing Delayed Until Further Notice

Today, Superintendent Pons sent a letter to Commissioner Stewart at the Florida Department of Education.   The letter addresses issues and problems being experienced throughout the state in regards to the online version of the FSA testing. Superintendent Pons has decided to delay administering the test until assurances are given by the Department of Education that…

Volusia schools suspend FSA computer testing amid problems

ORLANDO — Volusia County Schools says they have suspended Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) testing in grades 8 through 10 Tuesday after multiple districts reported issues with the new computerized testing system. Seven Central Florida counties told News 13 they experienced difficulties as students logged in Monday to take the English Language Arts writing test. Nancy…