Amidst a Mary McGrory FCAT rankings piece in the Miami Herald was this takeaway in a quote from Miami-Dade County superintendent Alberto Carvalho:
Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said he took pride in the district’s accomplishments, but contended that “overall rankings provide an overly simplistic view of academic success.”
Carvalho added: “Thanking, not ranking, a teacher in Miami is in order.”
While Carvalho’s not alone among Florida educators whom have been critical of the Rick Scott’s FCAT rankings gambit, his voice is not insignificant. Not only is he the leader of the state’s largest district, Carvalho now operates on a national stage. He testified to congress in September in an appearance that received high praise.
The Miami-Dade superintendent will be among the next generation of education policy-makers. Lets hope he doesn’t succumb to the blind dogmatic rhetoric of the current crop in Tallahassee, and that he advances the sort of nuanced wisdom he displayed yesterday.