It’s official: No PARCC field tests for Florida
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It’s official: No PARCC field tests for Florida

Florida has dropped its role as fiscal agent for PARCC, with an eye toward leaving the Common Core testing consortium altogether. So it should come as no surprise that the state won’t participate in PARCC’s field testing of its assessments come springtime. Still, education commissioner Pam Stewart made the decision official just before Thanksgiving, alerting superintendents that the … Continue reading

Florida superintendents poised to support ‘realistic transition’ to Common Core
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Florida superintendents poised to support ‘realistic transition’ to Common Core

In the Florida Association of District School Superintendents board of directors’ 2014 legislative platform, the superintendents note that the purpose of an accountability system is to help improve student performance. Yet Florida’s system, in which student scores rise but school grades drop, has created a confidence crisis. “We need to pause and revamp the accountability … Continue reading

Classroom 2.0: Why Florida Schools Are Going Digital
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Classroom 2.0: Why Florida Schools Are Going Digital

By the fall of 2015, half of classroom instruction must use digital materials. Advocates argue access and customization are the biggest advantages to digital instruction. Students often find digital instruction more engaging — pull out those smart phones and Wi-Fi enabled iPods, students — and the materials can be more interactive and easily updated. Critics argue there’s … Continue reading

Should Florida hit the pause button on testing?
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Should Florida hit the pause button on testing?

State Rep. Karen Castor Dentel, a Maitland Democrat and veteran teacher, weighed in on the Common Core controversy Thursday, calling for Florida to hit the pause button on testing while transitioning to the new benchmarks. “We don’t have to test that year,” Castor Dentel said. “We can pause.” State education officials must choose (or develop) new … Continue reading

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott orders state to withdraw from Common Core student test

Gov. Rick Scott today directed state education officials to withdraw from a testing system that would evaluate how Florida students perform under the new Common Core academic standards being adopted by 45 states. Scott sent a letter to State Board of Education Chairman Gary Chartrand today that directed the board to withdraw from the testing consortium creating … Continue reading

How one great teacher was wronged by flawed evaluation system
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How one great teacher was wronged by flawed evaluation system

Jenn is a teacher of middle-school students.  Her school is in a small city district that has limited resources.  The majority of kids in the school receive free or reduced priced lunch and about 40% are black or Latino.  Many are English language learners. Lots of them are homeless. After learning that she was rated … Continue reading

Brevard schools budget ends with a surplus Unspent $5.6 million was unplanned, wouldn’t have aided 3 schools that closed, officials say
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Brevard schools budget ends with a surplus Unspent $5.6 million was unplanned, wouldn’t have aided 3 schools that closed, officials say

Brevard Public Schools will end the year with a surplus of $5.6 million, but school officials say that money couldn’t have been used to lessen the impact of $25 million in budget cuts they made this past year. Those cuts included closing two elementary and one middle school, moves that drew the ire of the Brevard County Commission … Continue reading