The education summit that wrapped up on Wednesday concluded with participants devising four "vision statements" on four key (and controversial) topics: state standards, state tests, school grades and teacher evaluations. You can read them here.
The four statements offer broad goals -- school grades should be fair and understandable, for example-- but not necessarily concrete advice on the thorny issues state leaders are wrestling with this year.
Among those issues: What tests should replace FCAT reading and math exams? Should Florida reconsider the Common Core academic standards it's now adopting? What should it do about its much-criticized school grading formula? And ditto on its teacher evaluation system?
Of course, participants weren't asked for specifics but for their "vision" for how accountability -- for students, teachers and schools -- should work.
Gov. Rick Scott said he called for the summit because Florida's school accountability system was at a "critical point" and he wanted ideas on how to improve. (Of course, as we noted earlier, some are arguing he may have gotten more ideas from his private dinner with former Gov. Jeb Bush -- who remains deeply influential in Florida education policy -- than from the con-fab in Clearwater).
Afterward the summit wrapped up he issued this statement:
“The discussion and ideas generated this week will guide our future decisions and steps we will take through either legislative proposals, action by the State Board of Education or executive action.”
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