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August election will determine important school board races

August election will determine important school board races

Numerous school board seats across the state are on the August 30th ballot. Many of these races will be won or lost that day while candidates that fail to secure at least 51% of the vote will face a runoff election on November 8th. In addition, many




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Parent involvement is the key to success

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




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Commissioner Stewart wants to hear from you

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




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Florida House wants to push property tax dollars to unpredictable charters

Florida House wants to push property tax dollars to unpredictable charters

The Florida House is pushing to force school districts to turn over a portion of local property taxes to charter schools. These schools are housed in privately owned buildings on privately owned land that would be improved with public dollars. Some legislators are pushing to steer more




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Florida’s Board of Ed sets FSA and school grades

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




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8 Things You Need To Know About the FSA (and what you can do about it)

8 Things You Need To Know About the FSA (and what you can do about it)

8 Things You Need to Know About FSA Scores (and what you can do about it) The Florida Standard’s Assessment (FSA) was given for the first time last March but final grading for the test has yet to be determined and there’s a lot riding on it. The




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How to make the most of your parent teacher conference

How to make the most of your parent teacher conference

  It’s that time of year again. Time to sit down with your child’s teacher. As with most things in life, preparation is the key to a successful parent teacher conference. A good parent teacher conference can result in a collaborative relationship that will last the school




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Student FSA results released, but what do they mean?

Student FSA results released, but what do they mean?

  Florida school districts were finally given student FSA scores by the Department of Education. They are beginning to release this information to parents. However, the reports will not tell parents whether their student has passed the test or even how well they scored. Passing scores (also called




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Roundup: Florida’s accountability system under fire

Roundup: Florida’s accountability system under fire

  In case you missed it, Florida’s testing obsessed accountability is coming under some fire of late. Here’s a round up of many of the articles, columns, and editorials from around the state addressing the use of the controversial FSA results in Florida’s accountability system: Parents lack




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FL Superintendents “have lost confidence in the accountability system”

FL Superintendents “have lost confidence in the accountability system”

Florida’s superintendents issued a strong statement today announcing that they “have lost confidence in the current accountability system for the students of the State of Florida.” The comments were released in response to Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart’s position that the state’s assessments are valid and should be




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