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Florida’s New School Standards Both “Successful” And A “Disaster”

Frances S. Tucker Elementary School fifth grade teacher Yaliesperanza Salazar. Math lessons are carefully designed to match Florida's new Common Core-based standards.

John O’Connor / StateImpact Florida Frances S. Tucker Elementary School fifth grade teacher Yaliesperanza Salazar. Math lessons are carefully designed to match Florida’s new Common Core-based standards. Florida just completed the first year of one of the biggest experiments in U.S. education. For the first time this year, every grade in every public school used [...]

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 [...]

Author Sherman Alexie, On Writing For Young Adults

Author Sherman Alexie.

When we sat in on classes at Miami Northwestern High School to report on the Million Word Campaign, one of the writers whose work was discussed was Sherman Alexie. Alexie frequently writes about American Indian life, including the movie Smoke Signals. Alexie also appeared at the Miami Book Fair International last year to talk about [...]

“Ballin’ On A Budget:” How A Miami Teacher Keeps His Library Stocked

The shelf for advanced readers includes "Lolita," "Farewell to Arms" and "The Kite Runner."

Miami Northwestern High School teacher Daniel Dickey says there’s no silver bullet or secret book which will spark a student’s interest in reading. Instead, he says he asks questions and listens. “I sit down with that student and really figure out what is it that drives you?” Dickey says. “Why do you come to school? [...]

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 [...]

Will New Florida Standards Leave Time For Creative Writing?

Laurie Langford, a second grade teacher at West Defuniak Elementary, helps

two students look for evidence in a reading passage about public sector jobs.

Jackie Mader / The Hechinger Report Laurie Langford, a second grade teacher at West Defuniak Elementary, helps two students look for evidence in a reading passage about public sector jobs. This story is the fourth of a six-part series with the Hechinger Report looking at how schools are preparing for the Common Core State Standards [...]

Third Grade Passing Rates On FCAT Math And Reading Flat

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

The percentage of Florida third graders passing the state’s FCAT math and reading exams did not improve this year — remaining largely flat for the past three years — according to initial test results released Friday. Fifty-seven percent of third graders scored at least a 3, the state’s passing score, on the reading test. On [...]

What Common Core Will Mean For Science, Social Studies And Other Courses

Monroe Middle School science teacher Andrea Groves works with a student. Many science classes will add more reading and writing assignments as Florida finishes the switch to new K-12 math and language arts standards this fall.

This story is part of a series from The Hechinger Report and StateImpact Florida looking at how Florida schools are getting ready for Common Core standards. Read — and listen to — the first two stories here andhere. It makes sense that Florida’s new K-12 math and language arts standards based on Common Core will [...]

Why Computer-Scored Essays Could Eliminate The Need For Writing Tests

Florida’s plans to add computerized grading of its new statewide writing test could eventually eliminate the need for a writing test, advocates for the technology said. Essays on Florida’s new writing test will be scored by a human and a computer, but the computer score will only matter if the score is significantly different from [...]

State Board Of Education Approves School Grade “Safety Net”

Florida school grades will drop by no more than a single letter grade this year after the State Board of Education approved temporary changes to the school grading system. But the issue revealed a divide among board members about the value of the state’s school grading system. Board member Sally Bradshaw said the changes would [...]

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