Florida PTA Supports Resolution Efforts Against High Stakes Testing; Meanwhile, Gerard Robinson’s Meltdown Continues


From Orange County’s (Orlando) PTA Councils:

Florida PTA, along with our parent National PTA, supports recent Resolution efforts against high-stakes testing. PTA’s long-standing position is, in summary.

PTA opposes the use of a national, mandated, standardized test as the sole criterion for measuring a school or student’s progress.

PTA desires an accountability system, which includes multiple indicators of educational quality.

PTA believes that student assessment should identify how instruction and learning can be improved.

PTA feels that assessments should be used to help parents and teachers determine the specific academic needs of students and increase opportunities for student learning. Assessments should not be used for high-­stakes determinations such as grade promotion or graduation.

The website has the link to the official document.

Who’s on who’s side (Currently)

 The Bushies (Jeb, Gerard Robinson, Patricia Levesque, John Winn and Kathleen Shanahan) and Pearson

VS.

Florida’s 67 County School Boards

The Florida PTA

Numerous Parent Groups including Parents Across America

Florida’s Families

Florida’s Teachers

Florida’s Students

Lets not forget to recognize the strangely silent since the bottom fell out after the FCAT Writes debacle:

Governor Rick Scott

Members of the Florida Board of Education (Except for Chair Kathleen Shanahan was Bush’s Chief of Staff  while he was Florida Governor)

The Florida Legislature

The Florida Chamber of Commerce

Robinson’s proving to be more ideologue than educator. He doubled down yesterday on his contemptuous scolding of the state’s school board members with a press release. Robinson obviously perceives high-stakes tests and common core standards as  Holy writ by chiding the FSBA’s resolution as “short on providing hope to schoolchildren.”  The education commissioner demonstrates a remarkable level of tone deafness by closing with “a nation bubbling with high expectations.”

As Robinson and his handlers got his statement out before noon yesterday, it means they went into damage control mode after Robinson left the FSBA dais. This wasn’t a walk back by any means. It was a futile attempt by Robinson to grab the bully pulpit and win an argument he’s already lost.

About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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2 Responses to Florida PTA Supports Resolution Efforts Against High Stakes Testing; Meanwhile, Gerard Robinson’s Meltdown Continues

  1. gatorbonbc says:

    Reblogged this on Continuing Change and commented:
    Great synopsis of the Rheediculous We Call Home – Reblogged from @bobsikes : “Who’s on who’s side (Currently)

    The Bushies (Jeb, Gerard Robinson, Patricia Levesque, John Winn and Kathleen Shanahan) and Pearson

    VS.

    Florida’s 67 County School Boards

    The Florida PTA

    Numerous Parent Groups including Parents Across America

    Florida’s Families

    Florida’s Teachers

    Florida’s Students”

    ..
    Ouch

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