From an editorial which will appear in Wednesday’s newspaper the Tampa Bay Times holds education commissioner Gerard Robinson accountable for the FCAT writing test scoring disaster:
……But that answer is only a stopgap, and it raises significant issues about the meaning and the value of the FCAT, which affects everything from school grades to teacher bonuses. Those are issues that the board and Education Commission Gerard Robinson need to revisit if Florida’s accountability system is to retain any of its quickly collapsing credibility. Robinson’s failure to anticipate this mess also erodes confidence in his ability to chart a clear path for education in this state.
The Times ire may be misplaced as the move for the change in FCAT Writes began before Robinson’s appointment in July of last year. And even the hyper-partisan Times knows that Robinson has nothing to do with policy-making. That belongs to Jeb Bush and his chief wonk, Patricia Levesque. As I wrote in the previous post Robinson acquiesced to Bush, Levesque and the Florida Chamber of Commerce to increase FCAT cut score for reading and math in December. Robinson only follows directives and does not “chart a path.”