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 course exams since Governor Scott signed HB 7069…

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 the servers of vendor American Institutes for Research.…

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. Then, an independent study will be done as…

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.” In an unscheduled move that surprised many, the…

Proposed bill to allow guns on school campuses

Two bills that would allow superintendents to designate a person or persons to conceal and carry a weapon or firearm in district schools are gaining legislative speed. House Bill 19 and Senate Bill 180, named “School Safety,” are moving through the committee process, inching closer to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk for approval. The companion bills…