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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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Poll: Americans want less testing, more funding

Poll: Americans want less testing, more funding

The 47th annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public Attitudes Toward the Public Schools is out. The poll, called “Testing Doesn’t Measure Up for Americans,” is the longest continuously running survey of Americans’ attitudes toward public education. Not surprisingly, this year’s survey shows that Americans want less testing




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How one superintendent is moving away from testing

How one superintendent is moving away from testing

Currently, there has been a growing backlash against standardized testing in K-12 education. Parents have long complained that their students are being overtested resulting in a loss of instruction time. Federal and state policies like No Child Left Behind have driven the hyper-testing phenomenon as bureaucrats are hungry for




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What if teachers were treated like athletes?

What if teachers were treated like athletes?

Comedians Key & Peele have done it again. They’ve focused their sharp, satirical wit on the subject of teachers and teaching and have left us wistfully saying, “If only…” From Slate: By now, the lament about how our culture privileges athletics over education is an old one—but Key &




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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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Less money for schools than promised

Less money for schools than promised

Florida lawmakers are wrapping up the budget work that was so contentious it required a special session to complete. Most issues have been settled including the education budget. Last minute negotiations on special projects and other issues are underway. However, they hope to have it done in time




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Legislature returns to Tallahassee for special session

Legislature returns to Tallahassee for special session

The Florida Legislature opened the special session Monday in Tallahassee. Because they ended regular session without passing a budget, legislative leaders had to convene a special session in order to avoid a government shut down. The House and Senate are still at odds over federal Medicaid funding and




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