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Senator wants to halt high stakes until Florida gets testing right

Senator wants to halt high stakes until Florida gets testing right

Senator Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, has filed an amendment that would effectively pause 3rd grade retention, remediation, graduation decisions and school grading until the Florida can ensure the tests are valid. The amendment (read here) will be heard in committee Thursday when SB 616 reaches its final committee




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Districts respond to parents and cut local testing

Districts respond to parents and cut local testing

Orange and Seminole Counties have drastically cut the number of required tests for elementary students. Both counties announced last week that they have eliminated end of course exams or “standards based assessments” for kindergarten through 4th grade students. In Orange, 5th graders will not have to take




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And…we’re off! ‪#‎GradDay4TampaBay‬ is underway!

And…we’re off! ‪#‎GradDay4TampaBay‬ is underway!

GradNation Tampa Bay was a huge success and our Student Alliance members were amazing! They shared their stories and talked about their efforts to increase graduation rates for themselves and their peers. Take a look and sign up to take our Pledge to Support Student Success! http://all4schools.org/gradnation-tampa-bay-2015/  




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Florida Education Legislative Update – Bill introduced to eliminate 11th grade English Language Arts assessments

Florida Education Legislative Update – Bill introduced to eliminate 11th grade English Language Arts assessments

An update on testing legislation: The House passed their testing bill through a committee today. The bill “eliminates the statewide 11th-grade English Language Arts assessment, prohibits districts from administering final exams in courses where there are statewide, standardized end-of-course exams, and allows districts to use teacher assistants




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Glitches pop up in new state tests; first round postponed in Miami-Dade

Glitches pop up in new state tests; first round postponed in Miami-Dade

More than half of the school districts in Florida experienced problems with the new FSA test today. As the Florida Legislative Session opens, we need to urge our lawmakers to pass common sense laws on accountability that are fair to students and teachers.  From Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, “Bandwidth




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