Pam Stewart Snubs Teachers in Recognizing AP Success, Participation

From an FDOE press release:

Tallahassee, Fla., February 11, 2014 – Florida earned high marks for the percentage of graduates from the class of 2013 who took an Advanced Placement (AP) exam while in high school, earning them a second place national ranking according to a new report issued today.

The 10th Annual AP Report to the Nation noted that 53.1 percent of Florida graduates participated in rigorous AP courses during their high school career. In addition, Florida placed fifth for the percentage of 2013 graduates who succeeded on AP exams, with 27.3 percent of 2013 graduates eligible for college credit based on their exam score of 3 or higher. Moreover, during the past decade, the number of low-income students taking AP has increased more than tenfold, and Florida remains the only state in the nation with a large population of Hispanic graduates that has closed the equity gap in AP participation and success.

“Florida is a national leader in providing students access to college-level coursework while they are in high school,” said Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. “For many years, our students have benefitted from thoughtful state leadership and foresight so they can experience the rigor of a postsecondary education and earn college credit before they graduate. I am especially pleased that more Hispanic and low-income graduates than ever before are prepared for success in college, career and in life.”

Over the past decade, the number and percent of Florida graduates participating in AP courses and taking at least one AP exam while in high school more than doubled. More low-income graduates than ever participated and succeeded in both AP courses and exams. Hispanic students also made noteworthy gains in both AP participation and performance

So only “thoughtful state leadership and foresight,” eh? Pay no attention to those teachers who taught those courses. I guess teacher’s test scores don’t matter much afterall.  Equally cynical is Stewart’s partisan ploy for Hispanic voters by fawning all over their results. Only mentioning other students as “low-income” is especially dismissive.

Has Stewart evolved to becoming a political commissioner, first; one who makes pronouncements which benefit her boss’ reelection and the FDOE employees who seek street cred to slide to a cushy private sector job? Her failure – and the FDOE’s – to make any mention of work that real educators did in the state’s public schools signals such arrogance.




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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