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Senate Passes Education Bill

Senate Passes Education Bill

In a show of overwhelming bipartisan support Thursday, the U.S. Senate voted to pass sweeping changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The vote was 81-17 and came after a week of amendments, negotiations and debate. Last week, the House passed its own version and there are

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Declare Independence from Testing

Declare Independence from Testing

As you celebrate Independence Day with your families, we urge you to declare independence from testing for all students.   This week, the Senate will debate the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act– the expired law of the land that controls education policy. Also known as “No

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Congress leaves kids behind

Congress leaves kids behind

As high school graduation season wraps up around the country, the class of 2015 has one unique characteristic you might not be aware of. This year’s graduates are the first class in the nation to complete all 13 years of schooling under the law known as “No

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Broken promises: state late again

Broken promises: state late again

Another deadline has come and gone with districts still waiting for exam results from the state. The state promised districts a list of students in the bottom quintile of the Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2 tests by June 8th. As of this writing, no results have

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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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