BAY COUNTY– Bay District School officials are still working their way through a report handed down from the Department of Education. The department contracted a third party group, Alpine Testing Solutions, to examine the validity of the Florida Standards Assessments which students are required to take each year.
The almost 200-page report states that the tests are valid and therefore will be used to calculate school grades and will be included in teacher evaluations.
It also notes, however, that the scores should not be used as the only thing to promote students to the next grade or count for graduation eligibility.
Many Bay District officials, including the Coordinator of Assessment and Accountability, Camilla Hudson, are disappointed with this report.