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  • Opt Out Orlando seeks FCAT 'disaster' stories

    Opt Out Orlando seeks FCAT 'disaster' stories
    As Florida released its first batch of FCAT scores today, Opt Out Orlando -- the local group opposed to high-stakes testing -- announced it was "building a legal case against high stakes testing in Florida." In a blog post, the group founded by three...
  • House cuts the 'expansion' out of voucher expansion

    House cuts the 'expansion' out of voucher expansion
    TALLAHASSEE – A plan to further expand Florida’s school-voucher program on Wednesday was stripped of the actual “expansion” in the cap on how much tax money could be used to support low-income students in private schools. But the...
  • Florida releases testing schedule for 2015 and new Common Core exams

    Florida releases testing schedule for 2015 and new Common Core exams
    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...
  • Florida's new standardized tests: Sample questions due out next month

    Florida's new standardized tests: Sample questions due out next month
    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,...
  • Seminole Mom's post on pulling her kid from public elementary school strikes chord with many readers

    Seminole Mom's post on pulling her kid from public elementary school strikes chord with many readers
    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...
  • School grading revisions headed to Gov's desk

    School grading revisions headed to Gov's desk
    Florida's school grading system, a first-in-the-nation plan in place since 1999, would get overhauled, if Gov. Rick Scott signs into law a bill, SB 1642, passed by the Florida House today. The bill, already approved by the Senate, simplifies and, in...
  • FCAT's main season kicks off today in Central Florida (last time key reading and math exams will be given)

    FCAT's main season kicks off today in Central Florida (last time key reading and math exams will be given)
    Florida's main testing season kicked off today in Central Florida, with students taking key FCAT math and reading exams. This year is the final administration of those exams, as they are to be replaced by a new series of language arts and math tests in...
  • FCAT scores and incentives (or prizes): A piece of Colonial High's success?

    FCAT scores and incentives (or prizes): A piece of Colonial High's success?
    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...
  • Orange union invites parents to impasse hearing with testing call

    Orange union invites parents to impasse hearing with testing call
    The Orange County teachers' union, which is in the midst of an impasse with the school district over raises, is encouraging parents to attend a hearing on the labor contract Thursday evening. But their messages to parents strongly imply the hearing is...
  • Florida to release end-of-course exam scores Monday

    Florida to release end-of-course exam scores Monday
    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...
  • FCAT reading and third grade: Alert parents to portfolio option, lawmakers say

    FCAT reading and third grade:  Alert parents to portfolio option, lawmakers say
    Florida youngsters who fail the third-grade FCAT reading exam can be held back, barred from fourth grade because of poor reading skills. But FCAT failure doesn't always mean retention, and some lawmakers want schools to do a better job telling parents...
  • Low 4th-grade FCAT writing scores raise questions, prompt 'root cause analysis' in Seminole

    Low 4th-grade FCAT writing scores raise questions, prompt 'root cause analysis' in Seminole
    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...