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Florida School Boards Association President Wants A Conversation About FCAT

The president of the Florida School Boards Association says the state’s next education commissioner must be willing to work with school boards, parents and educators to improve Florida’s testing and school and district report card system. Orange County school board member Joie Cadle also told the Orlando Sentinel that school boards should have more control […]

Florida Education Commissioner Submits Resignation

Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson will resign his position on August 31, the Department of Education announced this evening. Robinson became Florida’s top education official about a year ago. He has faced growing criticism from school boards, teachers and parents about the state’s standardized testing regimen and school grading system. Board of Education chairman Kathleen […]

Read The Florida School Boards Association FCAT Resolution

The Florida School Boards Association passed a resolution opposing the current use of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test Thursday. The vote is the strongest opposition yet to the FCAT and Florida’s accountability system to assure teachers, schools and districts are educating students. A dozen state school boards have already passed a similar measure. Read the […]

Florida School Board Members Say Education Commissioner Challenged Their Authority

Florida school board members say education commissioner Gerard Robinson issued a threat to local control during a lunchtime speech Thursday at the state association meeting in Tampa. Robinson told the Florida School Boards Association members they were free to oppose the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, but they were not free to ignore state law or […]

State Education Commissioner Says Anti-FCAT Resolutions Ignore Progress

Florida education commission Gerard Robinson says a Florida School Boards Association proposal objecting to the current use of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test does a disservice to students and ignores a decade of state school improvement. Robinson spoke to state superintendents and school board members gathered at a Tampa meeting Thursday. A Florida School Boards […]

Pop Quiz: Will The Florida School Boards Association Support An Anti-Testing Resolution?

Schools boards representing more than one out of every four Florida students have approved a resolution asking state education leaders put less emphasis on standardized tests. And the Florida School Boards Association could take up a similar resolution at a Tampa meeting tomorrow, giving the national effort another boost. A dozen Florida districts have approved […]

The Problem With The FCAT Is The ‘Frenzy’

The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test is a “perfectly reasonable” way to gauge students in reading, writing and math, Orlando Sentinel columnist Beth Kassab writes. But the system breaks down because of ‘FCAT frenzy’ and the anxiety school districts create with extra drills, pep rallies and other events which ratchet up the pressure on students. Nearly […]

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