Putting Education Reform To The Test


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How A Federal Program Will Help Florida Schools Go Wireless

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed expanding the E-Rate program, which helps schools and libraries purchase high-speed Internet service.

Curtis Lanoue teaches music in a trailer behind Oliver Hoover Elementary School in Miami. His colleagues have interactive smart boards in their classrooms. Those are like 21st-Century chalk boards that can can plug into the school’s network — and the Internet. Elle Moxley / StateImpact Indiana Schools are switching to mobile carts like this, loaded [...]

Check Out The Practice Questions For The New FCAT Replacement

The Florida Department of Education has released practice questions for the new assessments that will replace the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test next year. The tests, which are aligned to the new Common Core-based Florida Standards, are available at the Florida Standards Assessments website.  Some questions are similar to what students might have seen on the [...]

How Better Supervision Might Mean Better Principals In Broward County

A national foundation thinks school principals have more to learn. The Wallace Foundation believes that the people who supervise principals spend too much time making sure they follow rules and procedures — and not enough time mentoring them. So Wallace is launching a $30 million dollar, five-year national experiment to test whether students benefit from [...]

Explaining the Florida GI Bill And New Formula For School Grades

Veterans living in Florida can get in-state tuition at state colleges and universities starting Tuesday.

Veterans will pay less to attend Florida colleges and universities starting Tuesday, one of a handful of laws taking effect at the start of a new budget year. The Florida GI bill means any veteran living in the Sunshine State only has to pay in-state tuition. That tuition is typically one-third the cost of out-of-state [...]

Broward Schools Win Grant To Study Principal Supervision

Broward County schools have won a Wallace Foundation grant to study the best ways to supervise principals.

Broward County schools have won a multimillion dollar, five-year grant to help improve supervision of district principals. The grant is part of a $30 million nationwide effort from the Wallace Foundation to focus on a little-noticed slice of school administration in 14 urban districts. The foundation hopes districts spend more time developing principals’ school leadership [...]

Essay: How To Teach Brown V. Board To A Class Of All Black Students

Here’s a question: How do you teach a class of all black students in an all black school that Brown v. Board of Education ended segregation decades ago? That isn’t a hypothetical question, but one I remember clearly asking myself. I was teaching American History for the first time in one of our nation’s many [...]

Florida Students Go Online To Join Algebra Nation

Algebra Nation is a state-funded project from tutoring firm Study Edge and the University of Florida.

Algebra Nation Video Clips from Study Edge on Vimeo. The first year Florida ninth graders took the state’s Algebra 1 end-of-course exam, less than half those students passed the test. Students must pass the exam to earn a high school diploma, so the results worried school officials. In the two years since, districts are trying [...]

More Florida Students Passing State’s End-Of-Course Exams

The percentage of students passing all four of Florida's end-of-course exams increased last school year.

More Florida students passed the state’s final exams for algebra, biology, geometry and U.S. history, according to test results released Monday. The tests, known as end-of-course exams, are required by state law. Students must pass the Algebra 1 end-of-course exam to graduate high school. State leaders were pleased with the results. “I think that is [...]

Summer Boot Camp Might Solve A Ninth Grade Algebra Problem

Dywayne Hinds, Pinellas County schools director of middle school education, is helping target incoming ninth graders for a summer Algebra 1 boot camp.

About half of Florida ninth graders failed the state’s Algebra 1 exam on their first attempt last year. The class — and passing the exam — are a high school graduation requirement. We’ll find out today if those numbers improved when the Florida Department of Education releases this year’s end-of-course results. But Pinellas County schools [...]

The Sunshine Economy: Common Challenges, Changing Classrooms

Our partners at WLRN put together a special education hour of the Sunshine Economy this week. The conversation ranged from a talk with Broward County’s superintendent about Common Core to a chat with a group of high school students about diversity in the classroom: In this edition of The Sunshine Economy: The school year may [...]

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