| Dec 30, 2013
| 4:04 PM
The teacher called the anxious third-graders to her desk, one by one.
She was holding their FCAT scores that would determine if they would move on to fourth grade or stay behind when school resumed in August.
"I was [hoping], 'Please let me pass....
| Jan 13, 2014
| 8:41 AM
The Florida Department of Education Monday proposed 98 changes and additions to the Common Core standards -- currently being rolled out across schools.
The changes came after three public meetings on the standards and a month of gathering input online...
| Sep 7, 2013
| 10:19 AM
Walfrank Piñeiro has been on the honor roll every semester since emigrating from Cuba two years ago. He's earned awards for academic excellence at the school, district and state level.
Despite the accolades, the 15-year-old has been unable to pass state...
| Sep 1, 2013
| 12:55 PM
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...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 11:56 AM
In the wake of Education Commissioner Tony Bennett's resignation and controversies over school grades and academic standards, Gov. Rick Scott has announced a three-day education summit on school accountability.
The summit begins Monday in Clearwater....
| Apr 9, 2013
| 10:22 AM
UPDATED: Bills that would allow school districts to open in mid or early August look dead, now that the House education committee failed today to take up the proposal by Rep. Larry Metz, R-Yalaha.
Metz's bill would have allowed districts to open earlier...
| Apr 7, 2013
| 4:21 PM
High school students could select a diploma track that would allow them to skip some now required math and science courses under a bill the Senate could vote on Wednesday.
The bill (SB 1076) aims to beef up career education and boost enrollment in...
| Dec 29, 2012
I celebrated the news that Commissioner Gerard Robinson had resigned. It's going to take the Board of Education a long time to clean up the mess he left behind.
I pray Florida will choose a successor who will take into account the views of school...
| Jul 2, 2013
| 7:03 AM
Florida was to settle on a new set of standardized tests to replace FCAT by the end of June. But now Education Commissioner Tony Bennett said his recommendation for "item No. 1" on his priority list could take another month or two.
The state plans to...
| May 15, 2013
| 6:51 AM
Florida plans to retire most FCAT exams and replace them with new tests aligned to the new Common Core standards. The switch, set for the 2014-15 school year, has been in the works since at least 2010 -- but now just what tests the state will switch to...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 8:50 AM
Five school superintendents, including Margaret Smith from Volusia County, have been asked to be on an advisory panel that will review state test scores before Florida calculates school grades.
Education Commissioner Tony Bennett is pulling together the...
| Apr 18, 2013
It’s FCAT week, as many of you know, and my son is in third grade. This is his first major standardized test, but he has been calm these few days and prepared each morning. He's even getting up early and getting ready without any prodding from...