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Florida Schools Rearrange Schedules To Add Extra Hour Of Reading

307 Florida schools must add an extra hour of reading instruction this year.

Florida schools are making plans for how to add a state-required extra hour of reading instruction, according to two stories out today. In 2012, lawmakers required that the 100 schools with the lowest scores on the FCAT reading test add an extra hour of reading instruction to try and boost those scores. When the Office [...]

More Schools Earn Failing Grades As Florida Prepares For Common Core Switch

The Florida Department of Education has released 2014 school grades for Florida elementary and middle schools.

More Florida elementary and middle schools earned an F rating this year, according to preliminary public school grades released Friday. But the number of schools earning the state’s highest rating also increased this year. “The increase in the number of schools earning an ‘A’ this year is great news for students and teachers who have [...]

Charting Florida College And University Graduates By Pay

Graduates earning bachelor degrees from Florida International University and Florida Atlantic University had the highest median income in their first year of work.

The Florida Department of Education released the first edition of an annual report compiling Florida college and university graduate earning data last week. Generally, graduates with science degrees were more likely to earn more in their first year of employment after college. But which school’s graduates earned the most money? Check out these charts created [...]

Florida 12th Graders Trail Nation In Math And Are Average In Reading

Florida 12th graders ranked 10th of 13 states who broke out their results on a national math and reading exam.

Florida high school seniors performed below the national average on a nationwide math exam and nearly matched the national average on a reading exam, according to new National Assessment of Educational Progress results released Wednesday. Just 19 percent of Florida 12th graders were considered “proficient” on the 2013 math exam, according to test results. NAEP [...]

Schools Suspend FCAT Because Of Computer Problems

Some Florida school districts have suspended FCAT testing after having problems connecting to the online exam.

UPDATE: Education Commissioner Pam Stewart has sent a letter to Pearson saying she expects “a resolution and explanation for this immediately.” “This failure is inexcusable,” Stewart wrote. “Florida’s students and teachers work too hard on learning to be distracted by these needless and avoidable technological issues.” Read Stewart’s letter below. Original post: Schools are suspending [...]

New Florida Writing Test Will Use Computers To Grade Student Essays

Florida writing tests will be graded by a human and a computer program, according to bid documents for the new test.

A computer program will grade student essays on the writing portion of the standardized test set to replace the FCAT, according to bid documents released by the Florida Department of Education. The essays will be scored by a human and a computer, but the computer score will only matter if the score is significantly different [...]

Follow-Up: State Rejects Miami Jackson High School’s Grade Appeal

Miami Jackson High School's grade will remain a B, after the Florida Department of Education rejected the school's challenge.

Miami Jackson Senior High School has lost its appeal to become an A-rated school after disputing test scores , the Miami Herald reports. The Florida Department of Education said the scores from students learning English would not have changed the school’s grade: The state’s ruling was expected, even though Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said [...]

Core Questions: Who Owns The Rights To Common Core?

The Florida Department of Education held two public conference calls today to answer questions about changes the agency proposed to Florida’s K-12 language arts and math standards. Florida is one of 45 states to adopt the Common Core State Standards, which outline what students should know at the end of each grade. The common standards [...]

Florida Activists Not Satisfied With Proposed Common Core Changes

The Florida Department of Education wants to make some edits to the Common Core State Standards.

POST UPDATED: Monday the Florida Department of Education unveiled a list of suggested changes to the state’s K-12 language arts, literacy and math standards. The changes add (or keep, really) calculus and cursive writing; they soften some elementary school requirements; and they clarify many objectives for teachers. “With your input, we have strengthened our standards [...]

Florida Department of Education Recommends Standards Changes

The Florida Department of Education has released a list of suggested changes to Florida's Common Core standards.

The Florida Department of Education has released a list of proposed changes to the state’s K-12 standards, known as Common Core. The list includes 13 changes to the English language arts standards and 33 changes to the math standards, nine of which are new standards. Many of the changes were suggested by teachers. Florida is [...]

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