Parent involvement is the key to success

This week marks the beginning of a new school year for many districts around Florida with the rest following next week. In a recent editorial, the Tampa Bay Times reminds us that parents play a pivotal role for students. Studies show that parent involvement in school, academics and students’ lives is a major factor in their…

Commissioner Stewart wants to hear from you

Now’s your chance to give the Florida Department of Education your opinion on all things education, including testing and the current accountability system. As the state begins to tackle the implementation of the new national education law (Every Student Succeeds Act) they have set up a website to collect feedback from stakeholders. As the Tampa Bay…

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Students Shine at Second GradNation Summit

Pinellas and Hillsborough Student Alliance for Public Schools members presented their research and ideas on closing achievement gaps and raising graduation rates at our second annual GradNation Community Summit on Wednesday. The summit, held in St. Petersburg with partners America’s Promise Alliance and UnitedWay Suncoast, was attended by superintendents, school leaders, community members and business…

Poll: Less Testing More Funding

Florida’s Board of Ed sets FSA and school grades

Today, Florida’s Board of Education met to determine cut scores for the Florida Standards Assessment tests given last spring. In September, after months of input from a 300 person Reactor Panel and a teacher panel, Commissioner Stewart released her recommended cut scores, or passing rates. The Board of Education debated them at their November meeting…