Tag Archives: AIR

Pam Stewart, FLDOE Are Keeping the Truth From Floridians on FSA Collapse

From an anonymous Florida teacher: Today I got to see the frustration and anger on a kids face. She had finished her essay and was ready to submit, but there wasn’t a submit button. The test was saved and then … Continue reading

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Pearson, AIR, Common Core and Opt-Out Collide in New Mexico

After hundreds of New Mexico high school kids walked out of common core inspired, state-mandated tests last week in protest, a perfect storm of education policy manifested in a state district courtroom. Scathing Purple Musings referred to this same Associated … Continue reading

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The Florida Department of Education and AIR Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Investigate Themselves

Jeffrey Solochek with Kathleen McGrory asked some experts to comment on Florida’s current chaotic start-up of its new FSA tests which have been administered by the American Institutes of Research (AIR). In the Tampa Bay Times: Last year, Kansas leaders … Continue reading

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Will Florida Become a Battleground For Pearson and AIR?

  Former Florida education commissioner Tony Bennett arrived with some carry-on baggage. While serving as Indiana’s top education boss, he served as the fiscal agent for the  multi-state consortia which would administer PARCC exams to several state’s students. When Bennett was … Continue reading

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Was “Hacktivism” Behind the Denial of Service Attack on Florida’s Testing Contractor?

Last week’s denial of service hack on AIR, the contractor which administrates Florida’s new FSA tests took the state’s long and controversial testing saga to a place which no one really expected. With news that a similar attack took down … Continue reading

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“The FLDOE and AIR Cannot Be Trusted to Investigate Themselves”

So says Fair Test spokesman Bob Schaeffer after news broke that is was an alleged cyber attack which caused FSA testing fails: “A cyber-attack on the Florida testing system is technically possible – one disrupted last year’s online exam in Kansas … Continue reading

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So It Was Cyber Attacks Which Caused FSA Test Delays

From the Florida Department of Education website: Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Education Commissioner Pam Stewart and Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Commissioner Rick Swearingen announced that FDLE is investigating testing delays caused by cyber-attacks on a server used to administer … Continue reading

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The Florida DOE’s Subtle Cover-Up of FSA Failure

A story by Miami Herald reporters Kathleen McGrory and Christina Veiga which took a look at the past week’s FSA testing meltdown was published online late last Saturday night. This paragraph – a part of every professional journalist’s obligation – is … Continue reading

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With Scapegoat On Board, FSA Testing Continues to Collapse Across the State

  As the school day arrived a faceless corporate scapegoat emerged to take the blame for the previous day’s FSA testing collapse. Gradebook‘s Jeffrey Solochek reports: AIR Assessment, the organization delivering the tests for Florida, accepts full responsibility for the difficulty,” … Continue reading

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Meet the New FCAT, Same as the Old FCAT

Sunshine State News reporter Allison Nielson writes of FCATs last year with a paradox: “Parting is such sweet sorrow — sort of.” And also this: After a dramatic drop in FCAT writing scores in 2012, the State Board of Education … Continue reading

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