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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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Orange County announces plan to “do no harm” with new district final exams

Orange County announces plan to “do no harm” with new district final exams

Superintendent Jenkins announced this morning that Orange County Public Schools will drastically change the new district end of course exam policy called common finals.  The superintendent stated that scores for the finals would be used only if they improved a student’s grade.  The finals were implemented this year




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Legislative leaders announce special session agenda

Legislative leaders announce special session agenda

Speaker of the House Crisafulli and Senate President Gardiner released a joint statement on Friday outlining the scope of the special session. They will convene on June 1st at 11 p.m. and promise to have a budget ready for Governor Scott’s signature before the fiscal year expires




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Florida House abruptly ends session; declares “sine die”

Florida House abruptly ends session; declares “sine die”

Today, the House abruptly declared “sine die” and adjourned. The Senate is still in session but many bills are now dead. A special session will be called in order to pass a budget. Here’s more from the Florida School Boards Association’s Ruth Melton: The Florida House of Representatives




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Districts begin to roll back testing

Districts begin to roll back testing

District mandated end of course exams are no longer required in state law thanks to the passage of the testing bill this month. Most districts had been taking steps throughout the spring to reduce the their local testing. However, no district had released new policies on end of




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Testing system down…again

Testing system down…again

According to Jeff Solochek at the Tampa Bay Times, Florida’s testing system is having problems today. Florida’s online testing system crashed again Monday morning, after a relatively problem-free week. In a repeat of troubles that occurred during the March writing exams, schools were not able to access




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Florida testing results not likely until December

Florida testing results not likely until December

Commissioner Pam Stewart told the Board of Education that results from this year’s Florida Standards Assessment will not be available until December. She outlined the steps that have to occur before scores are ready. First, the Florida Department of Education will conduct its regularly scheduled validity study.




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US Senators work on bipartisan effort to revise No Child Left Behind

US Senators work on bipartisan effort to revise No Child Left Behind

Senators will begin working on the details of reauthorizing No Child Left Behind in Washington this afternoon. This from NPR: “News flash: Members of the U.S. Senate will work across party lines Tuesday for the sake of America’s students. Well, at least for a few more days.




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Testing bill headed to governor’s desk

Testing bill headed to governor’s desk

UPDATE: Governor Scott signed the testing bill into law Tuesday saying, “I agree with many teachers and parents who say we have too many tests, and while this legislation is a great step forward, we will keep working to make sure Florida students are not over tested.”




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Florida lawmakers need to do more work to fix testing

Florida lawmakers need to do more work to fix testing

At least for the Senate, it is becoming clearer that Florida families are fed up with standardized student tests and the enormous weight they carry on student advancement, teacher evaluation and school letter grades. As Republican Sen. Tom Lee of Brandon said last week, “There is too




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