From Jeff Solocheck at GRADEBOOK:
Rather than simply adopting a national resolution against states’ reliance on high-stakes testing, the Florida School Boards Association today will take up its own Florida-centered version of the concept. It points out specific concerns with the FCAT and its use for a variety of measures, and then rather than simply decry the problem, it offers possible solutions.
Among those, the resolution recommends:
- Eliminating the use of standardized test results as the primary basis for evaluating teachers, administrators, schools and districts
- Revising the accountability system to use multiple measures in assessing student learning gains and weaknesses
- Phasing in any changes to give schools, teachers and students time to adapt
Pasco School Board chairwoman Joanne Hurley, a member of the FSBA executive board, said she did not support the national version but was much more supportive of the Florida one. “I like it a whole lot better,” Hurley said. “Not only is the resolution calling attention to the shortcomings of the FCAT. It’s also offering solutions.”
The entire resolution is here. Endorsed unanimusly by 30 directors yesterday, the measure will be voted on by the entire body this afternoon.