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Marlene O’Toole: Convenient Shill for Florida Republican’s Failing Education Record

The hyper partisan republican body in the Florida House, save the handful sponsoring anti-common core legislation, march in lock-step with their leadership which takes its marching orders from the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Council of 100. So … Continue reading

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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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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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“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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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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Stewart Claims All Clear, But Is Her Senate Testimony Credible?

Save Escambia County, it appears that Pam Stewart’s FLDOE had a good day with its new FSA tests. But Stewart was taking a big chance by making this her testimony in the morning to a Senate education committee just as … 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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Jeb Bush’s Transparent Evolution on Testing and History of Contempt for Local School Boards

Education policy junkies know that when they hear the words of Patricia Levesque, she is talking for her boss, former Florida governor Jeb Bush. Levesque is Bush’ top policy advisor for his two interchangeable non-profits – Foundation for Florida’s Future … Continue reading

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Has Top FLDOE Numbers Cruncher Changed Her Tune On VAM?

The Florida Department of Education vigorously opposed the release of controversial VAM data. FlaglerLive quotes chief of staff Kathy Hebda on the release: Monday, the Department of Education released masses of data in compliance with the court order, but it … 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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