| Jun 13, 2014
| 1:28 PM
Florida is to release its last batch of 2014 standardized tests on Monday, announcing scores for its end-of-course exams. For students, the most crucial is the algebra 1 exam, which they must pass to earn a high school diploma.
The Florida Department of...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 12:36 PM
School let out a few weeks ago in our county, and before it gets too far into summer I want to let you know how this school year went for my son.
As some of you might recall, my husband and I had a difficult situation and choice to make last year...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 1:20 PM
School-district administrators have their own ideas for how to funnel $5.3 million into "direct teaching" of Lake students.
Suggestions from teachers and parents are totally different.
In two columns last week, the district's chief academic officer...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 9:08 AM
Students across the state performed slightly better on most of Florida's standardized tests in math, reading and science, results released Friday show.
The Florida Department of Education released the last set of FCAT results that included reading...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 1:13 PM
Most scores from the 2014 FCAT are to be released Friday morning. This is to include large batches of math, reading and science scores from the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test given this spring, the Florida Department of Education said.
| Jun 4, 2014
| 5:46 AM
Lynne Rigby, a Seminole County mom who teaches online photography classes, typically uses her blog to showcase photos of her five children for friends and family to enjoy. Friday, she posted something very different, a blog entry titled "Why I am...
| May 30, 2014
| 9:48 AM
Florida students will take new Common Core tests in 2015, starting in March when the "writing component" of the new exam is given. These new tests -- now officially called Florida Standards Assessments, or FSA -- replace most of FCAT and are expected to...
| May 27, 2014
| 12:51 PM
In the teacher's lounge at Colonial High School, posters detailed "FCAT incentives" -- prizes students could win for doing well on state exams. The top prize for a perfect score on FCAT writing was an iPad. Colonial was the Orange County school district's...
| May 30, 2014
| 4:13 AM
Fourth-grade FCAT writing scores fell in Seminole County this year, a drop the superintendent says defies immediate explanation but will get a "roll up our sleeves" study. The percentage of county fourth graders who passed the state writing test, 49...
| May 15, 2014
| 6:56 AM
Three hundred elementary schools -- and likely at least a handful in Central Florida -- will have to add an hour to their day next year, using the time for extra reading instruction, under the budget the Florida Legislature just approved. For the past two...
| May 5, 2014
| 6:51 AM
Florida teachers and students are to get a first peek at the state's new language arts and math tests next month, the Florida Department of Education said in a recent memo to school superintendents. The new standardized exams are to replace FCAT's math,...
| May 23, 2014
| 3:58 PM