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Florida’s Testing Fiasco- a recap

Florida’s Testing Fiasco- a recap

As recently as Wednesday, there were still reports of major testing problems happening in school districts across the state. Florida lawmakers had passed a series of laws requiring everything from annual tests in every subject (resulting in 7 “final exams” for kindergarteners in some districts) to adopting




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Hillsborough rolls out options for students on exams

Hillsborough rolls out options for students on exams

In a press conference Tuesday, Hillsborough Superintendent Jeff Eakins outlined his plan to give options to students that took the Algebra 1, Algebra 2 and Geometry state end of course exams. Florida’s Department of Education announced Monday that the exams will not count for a grade this




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Algebra I, II and Geometry EOCs will not count this year

Algebra I, II and Geometry EOCs will not count this year

BREAKING: The Florida Department of Education announced that Algebra I, II and Geometry End of Course exams will not count this year. This from the Tampa Bay Times Gradebook blog: In a memo to superintendents, Lyons wrote that the state will not have completed its independent validity




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Legislature passes one education bill this year

Legislature passes one education bill this year

The House abruptly adjourned yesterday afternoon effectively ending the opportunity to pass additional legislation. HB 7069, a sweeping testing reform bill, was the only education bill that made it all the way to the governor’s desk this session. Read more from the Tampa Bay Times: Going into




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Senate finds compromise on student testing

Senate finds compromise on student testing

A Senate panel tweaked its testing bill Wednesday so that the results of this year’s Florida Standards Assessments would not be used to determine whether third-grade students can be promoted, or high school students can graduate until an independent review of the exam is conducted. The amendment




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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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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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