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About That 3rd Grade Reading Requirement

Yesterday, a Senate committee appeared to suspend for one year Florida’s requirement that the lowest-performing 3rd graders be held back while the state validates results from its new test. But Senate Education committee chairman John Legg says it’s not that simple. What the committee actually did, Legg says, is put the responsibility on school districts [...]

Project Gives Developmentally Disabled a Chance to Go to College

Quan Jones of Project 10 Stingray works at the marina behind USFSP

A college education is generally considered a student’s best shot at getting a good job these days, and it’s often assumed most high schoolers are prepared to attend college. But there’s one group that has been quietly excluded from that process — students with intellectual disabilities. A program at the University of South Florida St. [...]

Testing, School Choice, PE: A Town Hall Conversation About Florida Education

Rashon and Mr. Brown, two people featured in the documentary "180 Days: Hartsville." Florida public media stations will air the movie this month. Check local listings.

This week, PBS is launching a new documentary series “180 Days.” One of the films focuses on Hartsville, South Carolina, a rural and poor district which has managed to become one of the highest rating school districts according to South Carolina’s ranking. Tampa public media station WUSF hosted a town hall meeting at Artz 4 [...]

Five Questions About Florida’s Testing Problems

Florida students had trouble connecting to the state's new online writing test on Monday and Tuesday. The problems seemed to be fixed by Wednesday afternoon.

Last week, dozens of Florida school districts had to postpone state testing because of problems with the new Florida Standards Assessments. Students couldn’t log in to the online writing exam — and some who did were booted out and temporarily lost their answers. The problems seem to have been resolved Thursday. By Friday, more than [...]

Is Typing A Test A Big Deal For Students?

This year, some students will have to type their responses on the state writing test.

This week Florida students are taking the new Florida Standards Assessments writing test for the first time. The test is online for students in 8th through 10th grade, which has led some to wonder whether it’s fair to ask students to type the exam rather than write by hand? Lawmakers asked Education Commissioner Pam Stewart [...]

School Districts Report Second Day Of Testing Problems

Editor’s note: This story has been updated. For the second day in a row, some Florida school districts decided to suspend required testing because of computer problems. The Florida Department of Education told school leaders this morning that test provider American Institutes for Research had found and corrected the problems that shut down testing Monday. [...]

What Went Wrong With Florida Testing Yesterday?

Many Florida school districts suspended testing Monday because of problems logging in to the testing system.

Yesterday school districts across the state had to suspend the state writing test. It was the first day Florida schools attempted to use the Florida Standards Assessments. This morning, Education Commissioner Pam Stewart sent an email to school superintendents explaining what happened. The problem, she says, was with test firm American Institutes for Research. Here’s [...]

Ready Or Not, Students, New Florida Exam Is Here

This is a sample math question from the Florida Standards Assessment. The questions asks students to...

At Miami’s iPrep Academy, getting ready for the state’s new standardized test includes rapping. Two students are recording the daily announcements, telling classmates when and where they need to be starting today. “Monday is ninth graders, with last name A to G,” one student raps, in a rhyme that’s no threat to Miami’s Rick Ross. [...]

How A Private Middle School Is Preparing Students For High School Success

A private St. Petersburg middle school is finding success helping its students graduate.

It’s 7:30 a.m. and the fifth through eight graders at Academy Prep in midtown St. Petersburg are lined up outside to recite the school pledge. It’s a cool February morning and they’re a little fidgety until Head of School Gina Burkett raises two fingers above her head and all goes quiet. The pledge starts with [...]

Why Do-It-Yourself Charts Help Students Remember Math Lessons

An example of an anchor chart. This one show how many students ate which portion of a brownie.

The 5th grade math lesson at Frances S. Tucker Elementary School asked students to do a lot of things. They were learning how to use a line plot to organize and visualize data. They had to add fractions to find a total for the amount of cake or glasses of apple juice students consumed. Then, [...]

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