| 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...
| Oct 5, 2013
| 10:28 AM
Common Core may be the most controversial education issue you know nothing about. It's been trashed on radio talk shows and touted in speeches, and it will be the subject of three public hearings across the state this month. Yet 55 percent of parents...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 8:07 AM
Pinecrest Preparatory Charter School in Orange County has made a big turnaround, going from what would have been an "F"grade in its first year (it was too small to be officially graded) to a current grade of "A."
With a new principal, but many of the...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 6:08 AM
Florida is slated to release a report this week showing how its public school teachers did on their annual evaluations for last school year. Almost all Central Florida teachers -- 99 percent - did well, as we reported last month. The new report is to show...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 6:47 AM
Rick Roach, the Orange County School Board member on a campaign against high-stakes standardized testing, appears in a documentary on the subject that will premiere Saturday in Pennsylvania. The movie is Standardized, Lies, Money and Civil Rights: How...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 10:40 AM
Who will create Florida's next standardized test, the series of exams that will replace most of FCAT? We likely won't know until March, but by next week we should learn who wants to make the next generation of language arts and math tests to be given to...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 4:20 PM
Florida plans to release A-to-F grades for its public high schools on Wednesday morning, the Florida Department of Education said. Grades for the state's elementary and middle schools were released over the summer but high school grade calculations use...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 11:31 AM
Florida Virtual School's full-time high school earned a B this year, the first time the online school qualified for a grade under Florida's annual A-to-F report card. The school got its first grade this year because 2012-13 was the first time it had...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 8:58 AM
At the start of third grade, it seemed unlikely that Jack Bottalico would make it to fourth grade.
An assessment test indicated he had only a 12 percent chance of passing the FCAT — and a failure would mean repeating the grade. Making things...
| Jul 26, 2013
| 6:31 AM
School grades released Friday for elementary and middle schools in Broward and Palm Beach County showed significant decline, with the number of failing schools increasing in both districts.
The Florida Department of Education said statewide the number...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 9:25 AM
Nine public elementary schools and three charter schools in Broward County will have to give students an extra hour of class time this year because they didn’t make sufficient reading gains on the state’s standardized test.
| Aug 7, 2013
| 1:41 PM
Students in New York state did far worse on reading and math tests this year when they tackled new exams aligned to the new Common Core standards, officials announced today. The Daily News reported that the percentage of New York City students scoring...