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

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 […]

Why FCAT Scores Should Be Compared To More Than One Yardstick

The headlines last week announced that a higher percentage of Florida students met expectations on the state writing exam. But Matthew Di Carlo at the Shanker Blog says Florida parents and educators should look a little deeper into the results. Di Carlo explains how the points establishing the state’s 1 to 6 scale — known […]

FCAT Writing Scores Show Improvement

The Florida Department of Education (DOE) has posted the results of FCAT 2.0 Writing and 3rd Grade FCAT 2.0 Reading and Mathematics assessments. Overall, FCAT 2.0 Writing in grades 4, 8 and 10 improved. Students don’t need to pass the writing test to advance to the next grade. But, the percentage of students scoring at […]

The Ten Biggest Florida Education Stories of 2012

2012 was a busy year in Florida education. One state education commissioner left, while another will take the reins early next year. And Florida got great news on an international comparison. Here are the biggest education stories of 2012, with links to StateImpact Florida coverage. International test results — The biggest education story of the […]

The Problems With Florida School Data

Wednesday the Florida Department of Education unveiled statewide teacher evaluation data, part of a new law that overhauls how teacher performance is measured in Florida. The agency held a press conference by phone to discuss the accomplishment. And then the data quietly disappeared that afternoon. The agency later admitted that Hillsborough County school officials had […]

FCAT Writing Results Show ‘Teaching To The Test’ Could Be A Good Thing

When students started being graded on spelling, grammar and vocabulary this year, most students failed the state’s standardized writing exam. The Florida Board of Education lowered the passing score during an emergency meeting so more students would pass. But a veteran English teacher in Florida says this is a sign students aren’t being taught the […]

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