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  • Education summit's four "vision statements": Deep standards, accurate tests, fair grades, uniform teacher evaluations (but little practical advice)

    The education summit that wrapped up on Wednesday concluded with participants devising four "vision statements" on four key (and controversial) topics: state standards, state tests, school grades and teacher evaluations. You can read them here. The four...
  • Halt implementation of Common Core (and abandon PARCC tests), lawmaker says

    Florida should halt implementation of Common Core standards until the state holds public hearings on the academic benchmarks and does a financial analysis of the implementation's cost, says a Republican lawmaker from Vero Beach. State Rep. Debbie...
  • My Word: The death of one so young hits hard

    The 11th-grader who stood up to read his essay in my Writing for College class looked different from his classmates, mostly Advanced Placement students dressed in Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch. Davon (not his real name) wore gold around his neck,...
  • Top lawmakers urge FL to abandon PARCC (group developing Common Core tests that were to replace FCAT)

    Florida's top legislative leaders today urged state educators to immediately abandon plans to replace the FCAT with tests from a national consortium and to instead craft "our own Florida plan of assessments." Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, and...
  • Common Core test costs: Less than current FCAT expenses, estimates show (but that doesn't include needed technology, other factors)

    New standardized tests that could replace FCAT might cost a little less per-student that Florida's current fleet of standardized exams, estimates show. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (dubbed PARCC) today released...
  • School grades for elementary, middle schools drop; more receive F's and D's

    School grades for elementary, middle schools drop; more receive F's and D's
    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...
  • David Armstrong, Jr., president, Broward College

    David Armstrong, Jr., president, Broward College
    Last week: As reported by the Sun Sentinel, for the second straight year no school will be permitted to drop more than one letter grade when the State Department of Education releases its report card on schools. The Florida Board of Education took the...
  • Legislature should stay out of curriculum standards

    Legislature should stay out of curriculum standards
    Parents, make sure your safety bar is lowered and locked in place. Extremists on both sides of the political aisle are determined to turn the final descent on this state's roller-coaster ride to Common Core into a white-knuckle drop. My best advice is...
  • Charles Caulkins, managing partner, Fisher & Phillips

    Charles Caulkins, managing partner, Fisher & Phillips
    Last week: The economy seems to be improving, but at a sputtering pace. Looking ahead: Florida needs to do more to encourage the job creators. We can become a major manufacturing state, if we want. This would further diversify our economy and produce...
  • Arts are belatedly back in schools

    Arts are belatedly back in schools
    Orange County has reached a milestone: We have at least one art or music teacher in every school. That is both impressive … and sad. It's impressive because local leaders made culture a priority in an age where budget cuts and FCAT-obsessed...
  • Engelwood Elementary in Orange County is an FCAT success story

    Engelwood Elementary in Orange County is an FCAT success story
    Orange County's Engelwood Elementary nearly got an F last school year, and everyone knew it. The D grade they officially carried on the books was a fiction of the state accountability system, which allowed no school to drop more than one grade last year...
  • Broward's lowest performing schools to add hour

    Broward's lowest performing schools to add hour
    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. That’s...