Florida accountability laws need ‘total rewrite,’ Pasco superintendent says

by: Jeffrey S. Solochek|Tampa Bay Times September 18, 2015 Florida’s education accountability system has lost credibility among too many Floridians to remain effective as-is, Pasco County schools superintendent Kurt Browning said Friday. Without changes, “I think it’s just going to get worse,” said Browning, the only superintendent to attend the state Senate Education Committee’s Thursday…

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Doubts grow over Florida’s school testing system as senators question new ‘validity’ study

by: Jeffry Solocheck|Tampa Bay Times September 17, 2015 Wariness over a recent study of Florida’s school testing system reached a new level Thursday as state senators learned that Department of Education officials had input on at least two drafts of the document. Already doubtful about the study’s recommendations, senators suggested its impartiality had been compromised.…

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Flawed FSA shouldn’t be used for grading anyone

Illustration by Robert Rendo No one is surprised that the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) was deemedvalid by the EdCount/Alpine study. What’s odd is that the equally important factor of reliability was not considered. Finding the FSA psychometrically valid does not address the terrible conditions under which the test was administered, nor does it resolve significant…

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