Florida superintendents support a strong and integrated
accountability system that can accurately and fairly assess student
performance, evaluate teachers, implement pay for performance and assign school
grades. Florida’s current accountability system is no longer credible in the
eyes of the public – from the adoption of new standards to the nationally
recognized awarding of school grades. Unless public confidence is restored, the
entire system is at risk.
To that end, Florida must
realign and revamp the accountability system and regain the trust of students,
teachers, parents and Floridians. Otherwise, the system will buckle due to the
unrealistic expectations of the individual components of the system and the
impending implementation date of 2014-2015.
Florida’s Current Accountability System
Recommendations for a Transitional Accountability System (DRAFT)
Alberto Carvalho Selected as Florida’s 2014 Superintendent of the Year
Miami-Dade County School District Superintendent Alberto Carvalho was selected as Florida’s 2014 Superintendent of the Year by the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS). Carvalho was formally recognized in Tampa during the joint meeting of FADSS and the Florida School Boards Association.
“Those who choose the path as a public school superintendent do so not for the glory but rather the opportunity to make a positive difference in children’s lives, and Superintendent Carvalho has certainly proved this time and again as he has diligently worked to raise the educational bar for Miami-Dade County Public Schools,” states FADSS Chief Executive Officer and Florida Senator Bill Montford. “Alberto’s background and path to the role of superintendent is grounded in first-hand experience as a teacher and administrator with a true passion and dedication to always make child-centered decisions that always put the best interests of students first,” adds Montford.
Collier County Superintendent Kam Patton Named SUNSPRA Outstanding Communicator Award
Want to Look Great on Global Education Surveys? Test Only the Top StudentsBloombergBusinessWeek
Florida superintendents association prepares to tackle dual enrollment law
Tampa Bay Times
Ranking the states on NAEP – while taking socioeconomics into account
Bridge to Tomorrow
CEOs tout benefits of Common Core Standards
The Tampa Tribune
Study: Poor children are now the majority in American public schools in South, West
The Washington Post
Common Core still moving ahead in Florida
St. Augustine Record
Anatomy Of An English Class: How The Common Core Is Shaping Instruction For One Miami Teacher
Florida Talks Common Core
The Florida Current
...The association, though, wants a “pause” in testing to fix “integrity”
questions in the current school accountability system. The
superintendents’ platform states that the current A-to-F accountability
grading system “may not accurately reflect the teaching and learning
that is experienced by students in the school.”
Issue Analysis: Common Core
Ten Questions and Answers about “Common Core Standards”
The James Madison Institute
The Common Core and the Common Good
The New York Times
"One strategy of changing our direction as a nation is the adoption of
Common Core State Standards, meant to teach children the skills they
need to be successful in college and careers — skills like critical
thinking and deep analysis."
Palm Beach County superintendent: State should allow districts to fix broken testing, accountability system
Local school districts could help fix Florida’s testing and
accountability system — if only state officials would listen, Palm Beach
County Schools Superintendent Wayne Gent said Thursday.
times, we have the answers at the local level,” Gent told county
business leaders during the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches’
annual back-to-school breakfast. “If they’d just give us the
opportunity, we could really fix and come up with an adequate solution.”
What A School Grade Means To Parents
"A school grade, in no way, accurately conveys the quality of education
provided to children. There is no emphasis on critical thinking skills,
creativity, ethics, logic and an appreciation for learning."
Under New State Ratings, Most Schools Met Standards
The Texas Tribune
Blended Learning Improves Test Scores: Study
Information Week Education
Fred Grimm: Tony and Tina Bennett’s school for conflicts
“But while charter schools have grown into a $400-million-a-year
business in South Florida, receiving about $6,000 in taxpayer dollars
for every student enrolled, they continue to operate with little public
oversight. Even when charter schools have been caught violating state
laws, school districts have few tools to demand compliance.
Tony Bennett scandal sparks new discussion on validity of school grading
"They need to decide if this is a system of improvement or if this is a
system of sledgehammering," Grego said, noting that the A-F model has
hurt morale, even among students. "We are at a crossroads."
Pasco district officials blast community college over proposed dual enrollment fees
The Legislature approved the funding change in the spring to deal with college president complaints that the program costs had grown too steep. And like it or not, Browning acknowledged, the law is the law.
What Browning wasn't prepared for was the college's demand for
administrative fees of $37.73 per student, beyond the $73.20 per credit
hour. Making matters worse, he said, the college wants the fee even when
students are taking dual enrollment courses at Pasco County schools
from Pasco County teachers.
School grade ‘safety net’ vote opens new rifts
Stricter system to mean lower marks for schools
"There is far more riding on
school grades than ever before," said state Sen. Bill Montford, a
Tallahassee Democrat who also serves as the chief executive of the
Florida Association of District School Superintendents.
He said people's
careers — and salaries — "are on the line." "We've
been working for 15 years on an accountability system in Florida. We
are very concerned that the credibility of our system is at risk."
Pinellas questions school letter grades
Tampa Bay Times
Florida Education Board OKs School Grades Change
...Board chairman Gary Chartrand questioned whether the grading system —
which is used by everyone from parents to real-estate agents to keep
tabs on school quality — remained statistically valid.
“I don’t think the truth is being revealed in the current grading system,” Chartrand said.
Another board member asked whether the state could halt the grading process this year even though it’s required under state law.“I don’t know that it’s a real measurement any more, I’m sorry to
say,” said board member Kathleen Shanahan, who also is a former Bush
chief of staff.
Florida amends school grading system
Dual-enrollment costs go to districts
Pensacola News Journal
"Without any extra state funding, Santa Rosa Schools Superintendent
Tim Wyrosdick expects to put $1.2 million into dual-enrollment this
for us,” he said.
"Escambia County Schools Superintendent Malcolm Thomas estimates the change will cost his district about $600,000.“This
is an expenditure no one could have foreseen even six months ago,” he
said. “We are going to find a way forward this year because it’s
important for students. That gives us time to figure out what are the
next steps to provide services but in a way we can afford.”
Teachers Don't Need Convincing, They Need Training to Use Ed Tech, Idaho Researchers Say
Common Core: Fl getting ready, as teachers say they still need more training, materials and technology to implement new academic standards in language arts, math
Charter school management companies flex political muscle on education issues
Florida Times Union
Teachers quietly serve as first responders to poverty
New: 10 of the best Apple and Android apps for education in 2013
The Condition of Education 2013
U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics
Teacher evaluation in PreK: Using student data is risky
Five questions for Education Commissioner Tony Bennett
Preteens’ use of Instagram creates privacy issue, child advocates say
Bennett: PARCC Is Not The Only Exam Florida Will Consider
Governor Scott signs landmark education bill
Bill advances to create 'innovation schools'
State Sen. Bill Montford,
D-Tallahassee, said Monday his legislation would allow local school
officials to seek to assign one school per district to benefit from the
same flexibility as charter schools.
Many teachers taking second jobs
"It's not that I want a second job," said Eve, who has a master's degree and the credentials to be an assistant principal. "I have to have a second job."
Paul Flemming: In the Legislature, expect the unexpected
"For instance, who will be this year’s Reggie Jackson of the Legislature: Who will be the straw that stirs the drink? ..........One nominee is Sen. Bill Montford, a Democrat from Tallahassee and a genial broker of education expertise."
School Security Considerations After Newtown
Stanford Law Review
Indian River's literacy goals will require community collaboration
"Many people have been convinced that it's the people in schools who are
the problem," said Vollmer. "But the vast majority of educators are
dancing as fast as they can. They could work 100 hours a week and we
wouldn't get the graduates we need."
Orange schools join up with other school districts to drive down food prices
Officials Seeking Ways to Improve School Security in Florida
"That's one of the problems — no one understands or knows exactly how
much it would cost because we haven't decided, quite frankly, as a state
or the districts what level we are trying to get to," Montford said.
"So there are a lot of fundamental questions that have to be answered."
Holding voucher schools to account is overdue
Tampa Bay Times Editorial, 12/14/12
Researcher: Florida District Schools Outperform Charter Schools On Average
Florida's shameful situation on charter schools
Bradenton Herald Editorial
"In mid-October, the governor ordered a review of the compensation
awarded to the 28 presidents in the state college system after trustees
at one agreed to a $1.2 million severance package with the school's
departing chief. Charter schools deserve even sharper scrutiny.But this is just one example of a twisted system that fails taxpayers miserably."
$500,000 payout to charter school principal sparks outrage, call for probe
State Sen. David Simmons called for a thorough investigation. "There's
no room for abuse by charter or traditional schools," Simmons said. "All
it does is hurt children."
Parental takeover isn't a cure-all for schools
Tampa Bay Times
Oped B. Philip Jones Jr., Hillsborough Education Foundation President
Why I stopped encouraging students to become teachers
Tampa Bay Times
Lauren's Kids Teacher Curriculum
Safer, Smarter Kids! is an abuse prevention education curriculum for kindergarteners created by Lauren’s Kids in consultation with child psychologist, Tara Zuckerman. After years of implementation in the Miami-Dade school system, the 2011 Florida Legislature directed Lauren’s Kids to develop and expand the curriculum to be sent to every public kindergarten classroom and guidance office in Florida.