Influential Florida Schools Superintendent Calls For A “Decommission” of School Grade Formula


H/T to Gradebook for this Miami Herald story by Gustavo Solis:

Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho lauded student achievement while criticizing the state’s A-to-F school grading system as “dysfunctional” during Thursday’s opening of schools address.

The new school year begins for students Aug. 19.

“The state needs to decommission the old formula,” he told hundreds of teachers and other school district employees gathered at the Fillmore in Miami Beach for the annual event. “This is a broken system that is hurting our kids.”

Despite experiencing a rise in student performance and winning one of the country’s top education awards, the Broad Prize for Urban Education, a growing number of schools received failing grades from the state Department of Education. This year 68 schools (both district-run and charter) received a D or F – a 7 percent increase from last year.

Carvalho knows that school grades and the high-stakes testing regime which drive them have been the only thing that matter in Florida schools. Moreover, guys like Carvalho understand that the utter dysfunctional nature of Florida’s school grade apparatus demonstrates the folly of SB 736 and it’s devotion to the same high-stakes testing regime.

Maybe we’ve reached a point where all the talk about implementing Common Core becomes moot, as the accountability system has lost credibility and is collapsing before our eyes. How can such an unknown be shoved into a system that, at best,  is broken; and at worst, never should have been implemented in the first place?

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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6 Responses to Influential Florida Schools Superintendent Calls For A “Decommission” of School Grade Formula

  1. flbusbaby says:

    Perhaps the SB 736 ‘Reign of Terror’ is coming to an end. The ‘House of Cards’ is indeed beginning to collapse. Thanks for sharing this, Bob Sikes! Your blogging has certainly been instrumental in keeping citizens informed during these tenuous times.

  2. Bryan Bouton says:

    when the ice begins to show cracks…it is far from broken my friends…we have a victory on our hands, but the battle is ongoing…with the amount of time, energy, and money invested in ed reform and the potential payday, the opposition isn’t going to just roll over and give up, they will not show us their bellies until there is no other choice on their part and even then they will continue to fight…we must press onward, we must continue to fight as vigorously against them, we must keep holding their feet to the fire!

  3. John Stinger says:

    Their intent is to develop “accountability” systems that deem public schools to be failing so that they can close down public education and turn out minimum-skill, minimum-thought workers for those whose parents can afford private school.

  4. camb88 says:

    Florida’s education system is in such a hole now, that it will be lucky to ever climb back up to level ground. Thank Jeb Bush and his ilk for that. Nothing has really changed yet, except Bennett’s leaving. Your blog does help though, Mr. Sikes!

  5. Tom McConnell says:

    Silly Carvalho! Doesn’t he know that he has to donate at least $30K to Tony Bennett’s political campaign to earn a passing grade, and $130K to get an A??

  6. Parent says:

    We MUST get out the vote in 2014 against those who supported SB 736! Parents and teachers may not have the money of ALEC, Bush, Rick Scott, or Arne Duncan but collectively we can change Florida at the ballot box!

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