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Epic Pearson Failure in Florida During State-Wide Testing, Blames Someone Else

From the Associated Press: TALLAHASSEE, Florida — Testing was suspended Tuesday in several districts across Florida after students were unable to take the state’s standardized assessment because of a computer glitch. In a letter to the testing contractor, Education Commissioner … Continue reading

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Rick Scott’s 2012 FCAT Rankings Show Poverty Matters

Ocala Star-Banner editor Brad Rogers remind his readers of Rick Scott’s ill-fated 2012 release of FCAT rankings by district, and he’s not attempted that stunt since. Scathing Purple Musings speculated that the decision was a strictly political one and a … Continue reading

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Florida’s New Tests to Be Field Tested….in Utah

In an odd opinion piece on Common Core from the Tampa Tribune – more on that later – this tidbit of  incredulity is sure to be rolling eyes in district offices across the state: Also unhappy are many of the educators who are left to deal … Continue reading

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Rick Scott Targeted by Common Core Opponents in Florida

You knew they wouldn’t go away after being dismissed by Rick Scott’s cronies on the state board of education. Miami Herald reporter Kathleen McGrory has this in Naked Politics: TALLAHASSEE — With their bill to suspend Florida’s new education benchmarks … Continue reading

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Fact-Checking Rick Scott’s Sketchy Education Claims

It didn’t take long for the media call Rick Scott on one of his education claims from his State of the State address yesterday. In his attempt to take credit for “four schools in the nation’s top ten” PolitiFact responds: We … Continue reading

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Florida Democrats File Bills to Pause Exams, Accountability Regimes

From Miami Herald reporter Kathleen McGrory: For months, school superintendents have been asking the state to slow down the transition to new standards, statewide exams and accountability measures. On Thursday, the CEO of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents … Continue reading

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Charter Schools USA Founder Won’t Put His Own Children in His Own Schools

Writes Coral Springs Talk reporter Sharon Aron Baron: Imagine your neighbor owns a Ford dealership, however not only will he not drive a Ford, none his family will either, preferring to drive BMW’s. Now imagine this: the state is giving … Continue reading

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Key Florida Republican Superintendent Throws Cold Water On VAM

Pasco superintendent of schools is no ordinary superintendent. An elected official, Kurt Browning was Charlie Crist’s Secretary of State and was reappointed to the same position by Rick Scott before resigning to run for Pasco superintendent in 2012. He once … Continue reading

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Florida VAM Scores: The Most Meaningless Teacher Evaluation Exercise Ever?

So writes Valerie Strauss in the Washington Post: There are numerous problems with using VAM scores for high-stakes decisions, but in this particular release of data, the most obvious and perhaps the most egregious one is this: Some 70 percent … Continue reading

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VAM Part of the “Systemic Dismantling of a Teachers Worth”

The fall-out over the court-ordered release of VAM scores belonging to Florida teachers is just beginning. Joseph E. Joyner, the superintendent of schools in St. Johns County where the state’s best VAM scores came from, wasn’t doing an end zone dance. … Continue reading

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