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Putting Education Reform To The Test

Read: School Boards Group Outlines Consequences Of Skipping State Tests

The Florida School Boards Association has outlined the consequences of districts skipping state tests, and most of them have to do with money.

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The Florida School Boards Association has outlined the consequences of districts skipping state tests, and most of them have to do with money.

Last night, the Lee County school board became the first district to refuse state testing entirely. Other Florida school districts are also considering saying no to state exams.

The Florida School Boards Association is meeting next week and has posted an outline of the consequences for not complying state law.

The first step is an investigation by Education Commissioner Pam Stewart, according to the document posted by FSBA. If Stewart determines the district isn’t complying with state law, the State Board of Education can order the district to comply.

If the district refuses, the State Board of Education can ask the Legislature to take action. The state board can also withhold the transfer of state funds (and a big chunk of operations money goes through the state budget), lottery money or grants.

The document also lays out all the ways the district would not be complying with state law. Among them:

  • Students would have to meet alternate requirements for high school graduation.
  • Schools wouldn’t be able to provide extra instruction to students with low scores on the state reading test. Districts would also not be able to add an hour of reading instruction for the 300 lowest-performing schools.
  • Teachers couldn’t be evaluated and paid based, in part, on student performance on tests.
  • Schools would earn an “incomplete” grade on the state report card for public schools because fewer than 95 percent of students took the state exam. The consequences of that are unclear.
  • Districts would be at risk of losing federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act funding and Title I funding for high-poverty schools.

You can read the memo below:

Comments

  • willispebble

    Lee County is doing the right thing. I hope they stand up to the bulling of the Ed Department. If Governor Scott lets Pam and Jeb get away with these gestapo tactics he will lose.

  • http://twitter.com/feelingsr_4kid destinythomas

    Lee County Is Completely Correct. All These Tests Are Putting More Stress On The Kids Than The Homework. We Understand We’re Getting Prepared For College But These Are To Many Tests And To Many Questions On Each One. I Am In Jacksonville Florida Attending Raines High School On The First Week Of School It Was A Test In Every Class. The Number Of Questions Got Up To 63 The Number Of Questions Is What Is Making Kids Want To ‘Christmas Tree’ (Guess Without Looking At The Question). Some Tests Are Taken On The Computer Which Is A Bad Idea Because Kids Like Myself Are Bad Test Takers On The Computer Or Can’t Deal With The Quietness For A Long Time. There Are Many More Problems With The Schools Taking Test But These Are The Main Ones. destinythomas1433@gmail.com // destinythomas988@gmail.com

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