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.…

Retakes for Algebra 1 state exam begin next week, surprising many Manatee County students

by: Meghin Delaney|Bradenton Herald September 12, 2015 Manatee County students who failed the new state-mandated end-of-course exams in Algebra 1 — about 1,300 of them last school year — have the first opportunity next week to re-take the test, a graduation requirement. But some parents were surprised to discover only last week that their students…

Flawed FSA shouldn’t be used for grading anyone


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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…