Florida Association for District School Superintendents

  • 2015 Legislative Platform

    Superintendents want Florida to lead the nation in K-12 education. We need legislation that will give us the financial resources and also remove the restrictive obstacles that hinder progress towards that end.

  • Email Pitfalls Course Added to FADSS' Online Risk Management Training Program

    Florida’s public sector has learned that the convenience of new technology communication can come with a cost. While a misspoken word might be denied or forgotten, an imprudent email is permanently recorded, often costing individuals their livelihood, their employers $millions, and both their reputations. FADSS now offers an online course to train staff to steer clear of this dangerous trend.

  • FADSS Online Risk Management Training Course Tackles Public Records Lawsuits

    Complying with Florida’s stringent public records law is a requirement that all district and school staff must take seriously to avoid fines, criminal charges and significant legal costs. FADSS now offers an online course that will prepare all staff to respond quickly and appropriately to any public records request.

  • Florida Education Investment Trust Fund

    The Florida Association of District School Superintendents and the Florida School Boards Association have created the Florida Education Investment Trust Fund (FEITF). Read more

Empowering Effective Teachers
Read more about our Empowering Effective Teaching program.
Common Core for District Staff
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The Florida Standards
 for District Leaders


  • FADSS Fall Leadership Conference
    Date: September 23 - 25, 2015
    Location: Renaissance Tampa International Plaza
  • Human Capital: From Transitional to Strategic Session II
    Date: October 5-6, 2015
    Location: Renaissance Hotel, Tampa
  • Developing Superior Teams
    Date: November 9-11, 2015
    Location: Eckerd College, St. Petersburg
  • FADSS Board of Directors Meeting
    Date: December 2, 2015
    Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel, Tampa
  • FSBA/FADSS Joint Conference
    Date: December 2-4, 2015
    Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel, Tampa
  • FADSS Board of Directors Meeting
    Date: January 27, 2016
    Location: University Center Club
  • Winter Leadership Conference
    Date: January 27-29, 2016
    Location: University Center Club, Tallahassee
  • Institute for Administrative Assistants/Secretaries to Superintendents and/or School Boards
    Date: February 3-5, 2016
    Location: Renaissance Hotel, Tampa
  • Human Capital: From Transitional to Strategic Session III
    Date: February 2016
    Location: Renaissance Hotel, Tampa
  • Developing Superior Teams
    Date: March 2016
    Location: Eckerd Colleg, St. Petersburg
  • FSBA/FADSS Joint Conference
    Date: June 9-10, 2016
    Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel, Tampa
  • FADSS Board of Directors Meeting
    Date: TBD
    Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel, Tampa

Florida Superintendents Support Accountability  

News Articles re: Florida State Assessment (FSA) Validity Survey  

Editorial: Florida's student tests deserve an F
Tampa Bay Times, 9/2/15

Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart called it "welcome news." County school superintendents say it confirms their worst fears about the botched rollout of the Florida Standards Assessments and suggest the test results are worthless. So you read the following annotated excerpts from the just-released $600,000 study by Alpine Testing Solutions of this year's FSA and judge for yourself whether you would trust the test results.

Study sparks more debate over Florida test for students
Miami Herald, 9/2/15

DOE: Review confirms FSA is valid
Pensacola News Journal, 9/2/15

Escambia County School District Superintendent Malcolm Thomas said he is troubled that many students were tested on information they had not been taught. “The validity study of the test for English Language Arts — Grade 3 and Grade 10 — both of which have retention or promotion consequences shows that only 65 percent of the items matched the Florida Standards,” Thomas said. “It’s fundamentally unfair to have one-third of the assessment made up of questions from material that teachers have not taught.”

Education Officials, Teachers Concerned FSA Content Not Totally Aligned to Florida Standards
Sunshine State News, 9/2/15

"A significant chunk -- 33 percent -- of the state’s English Language Arts (ELA) content didn’t match with the Florida standards (see page 36 of the report). Twenty percent of the 10th-grade ELA content didn’t measure up, either. The study asked a panelist of veteran teachers to match test content with the "intended standard." Often times, panelists chose different standards than the originally intended ones. For seventh-grade math, 21 percent of the FSA’s content didn’t match Florida standards. Alpine recommended Florida phase out Utah-aligned test items."


Study: FL tests valid, but not as decider in high-stakes decisions

Sun-Sentinel, 9/2/15

Teachers question study deeming FSA a valid test
WPTV, 9/1/15 

FSA is a valid, but new state test had problematic debut, study finds
Orlando Sentinel, 9/1/15

Study finds flaws in Florida's computerized testing, but state will use the results anyway
Tampa Bay Times, 9/1/15

FSA study coming by Tuesday (contractor had set deadline for today)
Orlando Sentinel, 8/29/15

PDK/Gallup Poll of the public's attitudes towards public schools

Florida headed for testing turbulence
Politico, 8/24/15

FSA administrators held accountable for testing problems
Pensalcola News Journal, 8/22/15

New York Schools With Many Students Who Skipped Tests Won’t Lose Money
New York Times, 8/20/15

Schools in ‘holding pattern’ while they await testing study
PoliticoFLORIDA, 8/13/15

Florida Association of District School Superintendents CEO Bill Montford, who is also a Democratic state senator from Tallahassee, said district leaders are up to the task. “They’re having to make decisions based on what they think is the best information that they have,” he said. “It’s not a good situation, but the superintendents throughout the state, in my opinion, are doing a great job trying to deal with the uncertainties that they face.”

Florida adopts statewide teacher evaluation standard
Orlando Sentinel, 7/23/15

Education commissioner to Seminole: National tests won't work
Orlando Sentinel, 7/14/15

Education: the Next Corporate Frontier
CounterPunch, 7/14/15

Florida testing validity study remains a work in progress

Tampa Bay Times, 7/8/15

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