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Meet Florida’s New Statewide Test

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

This spring, Florida students will take a brand new test tied to the state’s new math, reading and writing standards. This is the test that replaces the FCAT. It’s known as the Florida Standards Assessment, and it’ll be online. What’s on the test won’t be the only thing different about the exam. Students will also [...]

To Make High Schoolers Want To Read, Miami Teacher Makes It A Competition

Some of the books in Daniel Dickey's library. No student has tackled "Infinite Jest" yet, considered one of the longest and most complicated American novels.

John O’Connor / StateImpact Florida Miami Northwestern Senior High writing teacher Daniel Dickey says you have to be a good reader to be a good writer. He’s challenged his student to read one million words this year. Miami Northwestern High School English teacher Daniel Dickey has found a way to make his tenth graders brag [...]

How Much Influence Does Koch Money Have At FSU?

There are questions about whether a nonprofit founded by a prominent conservative activist has too much influence at a public college. Florida State University rewrote its agreement with the Charles Koch Foundation after some on campus complained that the relationship undermined the school’s academic integrity. But critics say it still gives donors with their own [...]

Feds Include Florida’s Largest Charter School Management Firm in Audit

Academica president Fernando Zululeta, at a 2011 meeting in the Bahamas with company leaders. Florida's largest charter school management company is under federal investigation.

UPDATE: The U.S. Department of Education audit is a broad review of charter schools across the country and not limited to Academica or the Mater Academy network it manages, a fact confirmed by the federal agency. Academica disputes the U.S. Department of Education’s initial findings and said they have responded to the agency. We’ve updated [...]

Checking The Claims In The New Ad About Florida Schools

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Editor’s note: This post has been updated to clarify claims about Advanced Placement tests. This week, the Foundation for Excellence in Education began running a television ad in the Tampa Bay market touting Florida school progress. The ad serves two purposes: it argues Florida schools are improving, and that improvement is due to annual statewide [...]

Florida Matters: Choosing The Next FCAT

Republican, Democrat and independent candidates were unanimous Tuesday -- Florida schools test too much.

Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart is expected to recommend a test to (mostly) replace the FCAT this month. A new test is needed because Florida is finishing the switch to new K-12 math, language arts and literacy standards this fall. The standards are largely based on Common Core standards fully adopted by 44 other states [...]

Changing GED Adds New Problems To An Old Test

Uzelea Evans has had a tough run recently. Her unemployment payments have been hung up for six weeks because of the state’s new online system. And the mother to two lost her Tampa housing and has to move out next month. But she’s working hard toward some good news in a classroom at Metropolitan Ministries [...]

Florida Lawmaker Files Bill To Stop New Education Standards

A Florida lawmaker has filed a bill which would put a hold on Common Core standards.

A Florida lawmaker has filed a bill that would put the implementation of Common Core education standards on hold until the the State Board of Education conducts an independent review of how much the new standards will cost and holds a public hearing in each of the state’s congressional districts. In addition, the bill would [...]

PARCC: Florida’s Departure Won’t Sink Next Generation Test

Massachusetts education commissioner Mitchell Chester, right, says PARCC is in good shape even if Florida leaves the partnership.

Florida Legislative leaders left no wiggle room in last week’s letter to Education Commissioner Tony Bennett: They want Florida to pull out of a multi-state partnership developing a next generation standardized test to (mostly) replace the FCAT. Florida is not the first state to consider withdrawing from the group, known as the Partnership for the [...]

What We Mean When We Talk About Florida’s Digital Divide

Students at Palm Vista Community High School refurbish computers for donation.

It’s finals week at Park Vista Community High School and a small group of students buzzes over an assembly line of used Dell computers that lie cracked open with all their electronic guts exposed. “Right now it’s kind of messy,” says Park Vista junior Jonathan Stabio. “But essentially what we do is take a computer [...]

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