State education officials are to vote Thursday on a proposal that would again tinker with the way Florida teachers are evaluated.
The state’s Board of Education will hear the proposed rule, which would force districts to adhere to a statewide mandate determining what category a teacher’s value-added score would put them in: highly effective, effective, needs improvement and unsatisfactory.
During a time when many Florida counties were cutting back on summer school due to a lack of money, Pinellas County started expanding theirs using a combination of federal and state funds. And attendance over the past three summers has more than doubled
Orange County schools superintendent has removed a cartoon mascot depicting Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a middle school. The local school board member says Superintendent Barbara Jenkins also plans to ask the board to rename the school.
The number of students home schooling increased by more than 9 percent last year — the largest rate of growth since 2011. The percentage of students home schooling is growing faster than the rate of public school enrollment.
The Senate voted not to allow parents to opt their students out of annual state tests during debate of the rewrite of the federal No Child Left Behind law. The U.S. House has included the idea, which means the two houses will have to reach an agreement.
Seminole County schools superintendent Walt Griffin says Florida should get rid of the Florida Standards Assessments and replace it with the Iowa Test and the SAT. Both tests are taken with paper and pencil.
Two companies hired to review Florida’s public school standardized tests say they are just getting started with their evaluations. Alpine Testing Solutions, one of the companies hired by the state, is being paid nearly $600,000 to validate the tests. The Florida Standards Assessment test, administered in March, was burdened with computer glitches and system problems that hampered testing efforts in some areas.
As many Florida schools run short on room some are turning to library space to conduct state mandated testing. But librarians and school officials are expressing concern that students are losing too much time with a valuable reading and research asset.
Andrea Messina replaces Wayne Blanton leading the statewide association of school boards. The organization is regrouping after supporting after several members of leadership were defeated in elections last year.
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The difference in passing rates between state and federal tests has been dubbed the proficiency, or honesty, gap.
Some states are telling students and parents they are better at reading, writing, math and other subjects than they really are, according to a new website from the Foundation for Excellence in Education.
The website, WhyProficiencyMatters.com, tracks the percentage of students scoring at grade level on state tests — “proficient” in education jargon. The site then compares those rates to how well students perform on the National Assessment of Education Progress, or NAEP. Students take the NAEP every two years and the exam results are considered the gold-standard of education data.
The group has found that many states report a much higher percentage of students are proficient on state tests than are proficient on NAEP. Foundation for Excellence in Education director Patricia Levesque says some states are telling students they’re ready for college or the workforce when they might not be.
“It’s really important to look at what is the gap between how your students are doing on the national test compared to how they’re doing on the state test,” she said, “because that gap tells you, basically, how honest is your state being to parents with how their individual child is doing.
“We’ve been telling parents ‘Oh no, your child is fine.’ But then when they get to college they’re actually not ready.”