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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...
  • 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...
  • Single-gender schools get the go-ahead from Florida Legislature

    Single-gender schools get the go-ahead from Florida Legislature
    Florida school districts are encouraged to create more single-gender schools, under a bill the Florida Senate passed today. The bill, approved last month by the House, wants schools with boys-only or and girls-only classes to be open to interested...
  • 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...
  • FCAT and opting out: Testing season is underway, and some parents are skipping the exams

    FCAT and opting out: Testing season is underway, and some parents are skipping the exams
    If you have a kid in a Florida public school, you know it's FCAT season, that sometimes-pressurized time when schools administer the state's high-stakes standardized tests. Even if your child didn't tell you, their school certainly did, hosting pep...
  • TED Combats School System Shortcomings One Club at a Time

    TED Combats School System Shortcomings One Club at a Time
    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...
  • Florida picks FCAT replacement for 2015

    Florida picks FCAT replacement for 2015
    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 announced recently....
  • Mayo: FCAT computer mess - time for paper trail?

    Mayo: FCAT computer mess - time for paper trail?
    Question: After past computer problems with elections and Obamacare, who would have thought that technological glitches would have tripped up Florida's high-stakes FCAT standardized exams? Answer: Any thinking person with half a brain. Lots of people,...
  • After FCAT computer mess, is it time for paper trail?

    Question: After past computer problems with elections and Obamacare, who would have thought that technological glitches would have tripped up Florida's high-stakes FCAT standardized exams? Answer: Any thinking person with half a brain. Lots of people,...
  • Fl looks to alter (and simplify) A-to-F school grading system

    Fl looks to alter (and simplify) A-to-F school grading system
    Florida's A-to-F school grading formula could be simplified this year, changes that would mean high school grades would be available months earlier than they have been, and all schools would be graded by a less-complicated system. The grading plan,...
  • U.S. history end-of-course exam could be tough to pass for Fl students

    U.S. history end-of-course exam could be tough to pass for Fl students
    Florida students taking the state's end-of-course exam in U.S. history this spring could find passing it tough. The state's proposed scoring plan predicts a more than 40 percent failure rate, if this year's test takers perform like last year's. That...
  • Education commissioner to recommend charges to Common Core, school grades, teacher evaluations

    Education commissioner to recommend charges to Common Core, school grades, teacher evaluations
    Education Commissioner Pam Stewart said this week she'll likely recommend changes to three key Florida education initiatives in the coming months: Common Core, school grades and teacher evaluations. The Common Core changes sounded relatively minor ...