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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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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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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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“The final quarter of the year is known as testing season”

The final quarter  won’t actually get under way until the end of March. Still, FEA president Andy Ford’s narrative of facts on the ground he includes  in a column for the Orlando Sentinel is a useful one We’ve begun the new … 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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Bad Scores From Utah May Doom Florida Kids On Rick Scott’s New Tests

From Leslie Postal and Dan Sweeney in the Sun Sentinel: Utah students took their state’s new Common Core tests this spring, and they struggled so badly that a majority of Utah schools could end up graded D or F. Despite … Continue reading

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On Florida’s School Grade Pause and It’s Politicized Board of Education

The editors of the Tampa Bay Times preface their support for a pause in applying school grades in Florida by reminded readers that the existing scheme is already discredited. And while it’s extremely unlikely that any member of the highly … Continue reading

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Epic Pearson Failure in Florida During State-Wide Testing, Blames Someone Else

From the Associated Press: TALLAHASSEE, Florida — Testing was suspended Tuesday in several districts across Florida after students were unable to take the state’s standardized assessment because of a computer glitch. In a letter to the testing contractor, Education Commissioner … Continue reading

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