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 students’ lives is a major factor in their…

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 to collect feedback from stakeholders. As the Tampa Bay…

Poll: Less Testing More Funding

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 of Education debated them at their November meeting…

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 meaningful say in their child’s education -Lakeland Ledger Florida…

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 used to grade schools, evaluate teachers and determine…

Poll: 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 for students and teachers and more funding for…