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  • Testing worries as Fl figures out FCAT replacement

    Testing worries as Fl figures out FCAT replacement
    Florida plans by the end of March to pick a new series of standardized tests that will replace most FCAT, and some end-of-course, exams in 2015. But as state leaders worry about FCAT's replacement, some parents worry more about what they call Florida's...
  • Common Core Q&A: Explaining new standards for Florida students

    Common Core Q&A: Explaining new standards for Florida students
    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...
  • Apopka Family Learning Center helps struggling kids catch up

    Apopka Family Learning Center helps struggling kids catch up
    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....
  • State proposes 98 changes to Common Core

    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...
  • Mentors give gift of reading to young students

    Mentors give gift of reading to young students
    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...
  • Are Florida tests unfair to non-English-speaking students? Some say yes

    Are Florida tests unfair to non-English-speaking students? Some say yes
    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...
  • 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,...
  • Common Core tests: Low exam scores in New York seen as sign of what FL and other states may face

    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...
  • Striving to end FCAT nonsense for Florida's profoundly disabled students

    Last month, I wrote about some of the nonsensical testing scenarios for kids with profound disabilities. ("Florida's test-obsessed style of education hits disabled families hard.") And people responded in spades -- parents, teachers, families of...
  • School grades advisory panel to meet today

    A school grades task force is to meet this afternoon, with superintendents on the panel looking to press the point that changing standards mean A-to-F grades will fall -- even if student achievement is up. The task force is to meet in Tallahassee at 12:...
  • Testing-contingent-on-technology bill advances

    Florida would not be able implement new, online standardized tests -- designed to replace FCAT -- until all schools have the technology to give the computer-based assessments, under a bill that passed a Senate panel Thursday. The bill (SB 1630) would...
  • More FCAT scores, plus results from end-of-course exams expected this week

    FCAT and end-of-course exam scores are expected by the end of this week, a massive data dump that will give us results from reading, math and science FCAT and exams in algebra, biology, geometry and U.S. history. For students, they most-important...