| Mar 22, 2014
TAVARES — Lake school district officials say state delays are to blame for tardiness in coming up with the 2014-15 school-year calendar, which may be holding up families from finalizing vacation and other summer plans.
Although the anticipated...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 9:19 AM
For seven years, Darcy Ravndal taught science to high school students. And it was that experience that helped bring her to Edgewater High School.
“Edgewater is amazing, to say the least - the community, the staff, the parents,” she said....
| Mar 18, 2014
| 9:00 PM
It was the most hated four-letter word in Florida.
Students hated it. Parents hated it. Teachers hated it. Administrators hated it. I think Vladimir Putin hated it.
And pretty soon it will be gone.
Most of the FCAT will be...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 2:30 AM
MIAMI -- When my youngest son graduated from Coral Reef High School -- the very same school President Obama recently visited to talk about education -- I breathed a sigh of relief that probably echoed throughout the auditorium in which his cap-and-...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 4:19 PM
Most of the FCAT will be replaced next year by exams that will rely less on multiple-choice questions and require students to write, show their work and display "higher-order thinking skills," the Florida Department of Education said Monday.
| Mar 14, 2014
| 8:07 AM
Most voters don't know much about Common Core State Standards, though the academic benchmarks are fiercely controversial and being implemented in 35 states (including Florida), a new national poll found. But the percentage of people who said they knew...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 7:27 AM
Evans Community School has hired a doctor to serve the Pine Hills community on the Evans High campus.
The community school, which provides wraparound services to students and their families at Evans High School in Pine Hills, plans to put the doctor's...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 12:33 PM
Central Florida school leaders fear the state is rushing to roll out FCAT's replacement and a new school grading system. They worry the result will be more schools with lousy grades next year and a public that doesn't understand why their neighborhood...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 11:00 AM
The lessons today’s educators choose to emphasize will be the lessons that either inspire or dampen our generation's intellectual curiosity.
So when English classes started teaching FCAT prep instead of self-expression, and math classes...
| Mar 4, 2014
| 7:52 AM
A bill that looks to simplify Florida's A-to-F school grading plan got a first, favorable vote in the Senate's education committee this morning. In a nod to recent controversies, the panel added an amendment to its legislation that would allow severely...
| Mar 3, 2014
| 11:13 AM
(Updated to include comments from Florida Education Association). Education Commissioner Pam Stewart today criticized the "political efforts to attack assessments by using the tragic situations of children with special needs." Her remarks came in a...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 7:13 PM
Florida's first-in-the-nation -- and, lately, much-criticized -- A-to-F school grading system likely will be revised in the coming legislative session. The question is in what ways.
A bill proposed by the Senate education committee (proposed as SB 7060)...