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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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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