“Arrogance, Inability to Listen and Overall Ineptitude”

So tweets Miami-Dade’s chief academic officer according to Miami Herald reporter Christina Veiga:

As many predicted, Florida’s new standardized tests got off to a chaotic start Monday when technical glitches forced school districts across Florida to postpone the critical assessments.

Scores of schools reported trouble logging on to the test platform and slow connections, so the Florida Department of Education allowed them to push back the first round of tests.

Florida’s largest counties were all impacted — including Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Orange and Hillsborough — but the problems spanned the state.

“It has imploded,” said Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.

Marie Izquierdo, the district’s chief academic officer, had even stronger words.

“The State’s Epic Fail of its new testing platform is evidence of its arrogance, inability to listen and overall ineptitude,” she tweeted

As of this post, five Florida school districts – Miami-Dade, Leon, Volusia, Palm Beach and Broward have postponed FSA tests tomorrow. Izquierdo’s boss Alberto Caravahlo added “0ur concerns, which were sometimes ignored, are proving themselves to be real. The state was not ready.”

So how come?  Why are we here today?

It may turn out that it is the educrat class which has the most to gain and lose. Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Florida’s Future has been steadfast in applying pressure to stay the course on testing and the implementation of Common Core. The backing of a powerful presidential candidate helps. Consider these Tweets:

Hart cites data; asks lawmakers to please not retreat from high standards & accountability that’s made FL a model

“We cannot use the transition to higher standards as an excuse to retreat from policies that work.”

The beauty of accountability systems in place in our state is that they do not rely on one test given on one day to impact a child’s future.

With a revolving door between positions at FFEE and the FLDOE at risk, no one had more to gain in ramming this home at any cost. And they, too, are invested in maintaining the Bush Florida model. So was this really about adults after all?




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 “Arrogance, Inability to Listen and Overall Ineptitude”

  1. Well, it certainly wasn’t about the children.

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