Seminole, Volusia to Join Resolution on High-Stakes Testing


From Dave Weber of the Orlando Sentinel:

The Seminole School Board is expected to add it’s endorsement to an anti-testing resolution that is gaining momentum across the state.

The board will vote tonight on backing a resolution by the Florida School Boards Association that asks state officials to re-examine how tests are used in the school accountability system.

School districts across Florida are signing on to the resolution adopted earlier this month by the statewide organization of school board members.

Board members in Seminole and across Florida say that the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test and end of course exams are increasingly being misused under various laws adopted by the legislature, such as the one calling for teachers to be evaluated based on student test scores. The resolution calls for the state to “eliminate the practice of using student performance on standardized tests as the primary basis for evaluating teacher, administrator, school and district performance.” Students should not be evaluated solely on the high-stakes tests, either, the resolution states.

The Volusia School Board is expected to endorse the resolution today as well.

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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