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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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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