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New Palm Beach County Schools Chief Wants To Shake Up Florida Education

For weeks now, Palm Beach County schools have struggled to get students to classes on time. Bus routes have been redrawn. And the district sent up flares, looking to hire anyone who wants to drive a bus. It’s the first crisis new superintendent Robert Avossa has had to face since taking over the job in […]

Test Review Raises Questions About Florida Standards Assessments Results

The superintendent of Florida’s largest district says an outside review of the state’s new test shows that Florida students weren’t being tested on what they were expected to know. Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho says a review of the Florida Standards Assessments released today shows that on some exams as many as one in three questions […]

Superintendents Say Fewer Florida Students Will Repeat Third Grade Next Year

The superintendents of Florida two largest school district say it is less likely they’ll make students repeat third grade next year because of low state reading test scores. State law requires that students earning the lowest score on the reading exam have to repeat third grade unless they are granted an exemption. About 16,000 students […]

Miami Schools Chief: Selection Of New Test Is ‘Insufficient’

Miami-Dade schools superintendent Alberto Carvalho said the process by which Florida chose a new statewide exam was ‘insufficient’ and he questioned whether the test from the American Institutes for Research will be right for Florida. StateImpact Florida’s Sammy Mack caught up with Carvalho today. In particular, Carvalho was concerned the exam would be field-tested in […]

Explaining The Proposed Changes To Florida’s School Grading Formula

Florida’s school grades would focus on student performance on state tests, graduation rates and earning college credit or industry certifications, according to a proposal posted at the Florida Department of Education website. Florida’s school grades were intended to be an easy-to-understand way for parents to know how their child’s school is performing. But educators have […]

Florida Schools Chief: No Break From School Grades During Switch To New Test

Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart said she doesn’t support a proposal from state school superintendents to overhaul the school grading system as Florida switches to new math and language arts standards — and statewide tests — next school year. The Florida Association of District School Superintendents want state leaders to replace the A-through-F grades with […]

The Florida Education Stories To Watch In 2014

Implementing New Common Core Standards Florida is one of 45 states that have fully adopted new math, English and literacy standards known as Common Core. Political opposition to the standards built throughout the year in both Florida and across the country. Every Florida grade is scheduled to switch to the new standards this fall. The […]

Florida Superintendents Want Three-Year Extension To Prepare For New Standards

Florida school superintendents are asking for three additional years to fully switch to math, English and literacy standards known as Common Core. Florida is one of 45 states to adopt the standards, which outline what students should know at the end of each grade. Kindergarten, first and second grade classrooms are using the standards now. […]

Three Questions For A Superintendent About Common Core

Here’s another round of Q & A with educators about the switch to Common Core standards. Part 1 is here, part 2 is here, and part 3 is here. Name: Joseph Joyner Job: Superintendent of the St. Johns County School District Q: How well prepared do you feel for the Common Core? A: Better than a […]

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