Outgoing Florida District Administrator Rips Test-Dominated Accountability System as “Reckless” and “Not Good For Children”

From Jeffrey Solochek in the Tampa Bay Times:

In resigning from Pasco County schools, outgoing assistant superintendent Amelia Larson submitted a three-page letter to the superintendent and School Board chairwoman detailing her passion for education and her strong concerns about Florida’s direction.

“Florida’s current system is reckless and will inevitably hurt the very children it is aiming to protect while also alienating the very professionals it needs to carry the work,” Larson wrote. “While serving as assistant superintendent over the past two years, I have always asked the question of every situation: ‘Is this best for kids?’ My answer to Florida’s current accountability system is, ‘No, this is absolutely not good for kids.'”

Larson goes further in her letter and finds that “there is a real concern over excessive student testing that does not inform instruction, but simply ties results to high-stakes educational decisions such as student promotion or generation of VAM scores for teacher’s evaluations.”

The non-educator educrats which surround current governor Rick Scott will dismiss such a point of view as virtual sacrilege from an infidel. Besides, they wouldn’t listen 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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One Response to Outgoing Florida District Administrator Rips Test-Dominated Accountability System as “Reckless” and “Not Good For Children”

  1. I feel more and more every day that we need to sue our state government for the 20 billion in taxpayer dollars they have spent on “reforming” education. The graduation rate today is the same as it was in 1980 and there are no measurable improvements in student performance. I would challenge that all we have done over the last 18 years is create an environment in which our students come away from school with a sense of failure when they cannot pass these tests.

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