Lloyd Dunkelberger of Halifax Media Services reports in the Daytona Beach News-Journal:
TALLAHASSEE — Local school districts likely will not get a three-year delay they want in moving to new school standards, a new statewide assessment test and other accountability measures.
Instead, state lawmakers on Wednesday backed legislation to essentially provide a one-year delay, meaning public schools will not be penalized for scores on student assessments based on the first year of the new school standards taking effect this fall.
“I believe that one year is a definite improvement over where we are now,” Rep. Janet Adkins, R-Fernandina Beach, told the House Education Committee. “This is a recognition that moving to this new assessment will require that transition. But I don’t think that three years is appropriate given that we can’t ask these students to wait three years to put their education on hold. We’ve got to continue to move on.”
Under the House bill, school test results in the coming year, 2014-15, would not be used to penalize districts but rather would serve as a base year to calculate future progress. But by the fall of 2016, schools could receive rewards or face penalties based on the test results from 2015-16.
Earlier, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education also approved an “education accountability” bill (SB 1642) that revamped the way that public schools are graded on an A-F scale, while also endorsing a one-year delay before schools will be held accountable for their performance under the new Florida Standards.
So is this the deal that emerged? The one that quietly covers everyone’s backsides because we don’t have those tests yet?
At least it reveals some prudence on the part of republican leadership, yet all its serves to do is kick the can down the road for the year and provide political cover for Rick Scott this fall. Sort of like all those Obamacare delays that republicans mock for political expediency.