Time to throw out Bush-era education reforms

by: John Romano|Tampa Bay Times October 2, 2015 For the longest time, it seemed educational reformers could do no wrong. They had the theories, they had the platform and, most importantly, they had the power. So George W. Bush’s Texas Miracle begat the nation’s No Child Left Behind law, which was around the same time…

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Another view on Florida’s proposed testing cut scores

by: Jeffery S. Solochek|Tampa Bay Times October 2, 2015 When Florida’s superintendents released their recommendations to revise the state education accountability laws, their original proposal relating to testing cut scores was notably absent. While gone, though, it was far from forgotten. As preliminary test results became public, Duval County superintendent Nikolai Vitti, who once headed…

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Blackburn: No faith in school accountability system

  by: Dr. Desmomd Blackburn, Brevard Public Schools superintendent October 1, 2015|Florida Today In the two months since I became the new superintendent of Brevard Public Schools, I have spent numerous hours engaging in dialogue with the citizens of this county —hearing of their pride in our accomplishments and learning about the challenges they feel…

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FL Sups declare no confidence in Accountability system

Parents, teachers and education advocates across the state are relieved that the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS) has joined them in declaring an open distrust of the high-stakes FSA testing scheme and its broken credibility.  FADSS issued a unanimous statement today confirming that they had lost all confidence in the state’s school accountability…

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