School food pantries feed growing need

by: Kate Santich|Orlando Sentinel September 4, 2015 At Rosemont Elementary, fifth-grader Meagan Scott eyes a stack of groceries being passed out to students and beams. “My mom will be so excited,” the 11-year-old says. “They’re really helping us.” Like nearly all of the 900 students at Rosemont, north of Pine Hills, Meagan is eligible for…

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Test Review Raises Questions About Florida Standards Assessments Results

Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent, Miami-Dade by: John O’Connor|NPR State Impact September 1, 2015 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…

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Use caution in reading Florida test validity study, author says

by: Jeffery S. Solocheck|Tampa Bay Times September 2, 2015 Florida’s testing validity study, released Tuesday, seemed to have something for everybody within its 186 pages. “Independent review confirms Florida Standards Assessment is valid,” the Department of Education declared, saying the results would be used for school grades and teacher evaluations. “Superintendents stand firm behind their…

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Don Gaetz promises more testing reform in 2016

by: Micheale Auslen Michael AuslenMichael Auslen| Tampa Bay Times September 2, 2015 After an effort in the 2015 session eliminated some tests students have to take that lawmakers said were duplicates, state Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, the education budget chairman and former Senate president, says he’s going after even more. It doesn’t make sense for…

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