Tag Archives: ACT

The Breaking Republican Senate Coalition on Testing

Nobody really knew that Tampa republican senator Tom Lee felt as he did on Florida’s high-stakes testing regime until yesterday when he took to the senate floors made these comments during debate on SB 616: Senator Lee: We’ve gotten an … Continue reading

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Selective Data and Outrage from the Bush Foundation Discredited By Those “Devious Plans to Undermine Class-Size Amendment”

Writing for Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education, Mike Thomas bemoans Florida’s class size amendment as a “$30 billion mistake.” What sounded good on a ballot turned chaotic when implemented to the letter of the law. We now have … Continue reading

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Gutting of Florida’s Bright Futures Hurts Minority Students; A Sop to Testing Industry

Fresh off the story that Florida will have to pay Utah $5.4 million for piloting the state’s new tests comes news that Florida’s tremendously successful Bright Futures scholarship program will be gutted $126 million by 2017. Scott Travis provides this … Continue reading

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So, Will Florida Use Tony Bennett’s Tests?

Maybe. Jeff Solochek reports that Tony Bennett’s new employer ACT Aspire has launched a website to get Florida to bite on their tests: With negotiations to become Florida’s test provider getting under way, ACT Aspire has taken the unusual step … Continue reading

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Missouri to Use ACT Tests – Why Can’t Florida?

From AP reporter Heather Hollingsworth in the Springfield News-Ledger: KANSAS CITY — Missouri will begin picking up the tab for students to take the ACT college entrance exam and dramatically reduce the amount of time some elementary and middle school … Continue reading

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Pearson and Tony Bennett’s Employer Among Five Firms Want Contract to Make Florida’s New FCAT

Orlando Sentinel reporter Leslie Postal has the details on the upcoming food fight: Five standardized test makers are vying to help create FCAT’s replacement by 2015. They include Pearson, the testing company that has the FCAT contract, and ACT, best … Continue reading

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Tony Bennett Gets His Golden Parachute

StateImpact reporter John O’Connor links this story in Education Week: In the heated competition between ACT Inc., and the College Board for a bigger chunk of the common-core testing market, ACT has enlisted a new weapon: Tony Bennett, the former … Continue reading

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John Legg Urges Tony Bennett to Take Swift Action on SAT and ACT Concordant Scores

Good for John Legg. And good reporting by the  Tampa Bay Times Jeff Solochek: News that the Florida Department of Education has yet to set concordant scores between the FCAT 2.0 and the SAT and ACT for current high school juniors … Continue reading

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Why Hasn’t FLDOE Established New ACT and SAT Cut Scores?

This is a troubling story from Jeff Solocheck of the Tampa Bay Times: WESLEY CHAPEL — Alan Sourk thought his son had finally passed his exit-level high school reading test. The Wiregrass Ranch High School junior scored a 20 on the … Continue reading

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When Test Results are the Only Thing That Matter

Florida’s education system has been test-based for as long as any state’s. So much so that parents have begun to accept that fact that it’s the only thing that matters. And who can blame them when they become incredulous over the … Continue reading

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