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Bipartisan group of senators touts benefits of cutting state tests
Florida should inject “common sense” into its school testing system by
scrapping some required state exams and providing “stressed out”
teachers and students the relief they need, a bipartisan group of state
senators said today.
Bill would end these high school end-of-course exams
Montford’s bill (SB 964/HB 1249) has considerably more breadth.
It would eliminate the Florida Standards Assessment in grade 9,
all end-of-course exams except for Algebra 1 and Biology. It seeks to
find alternates for other statewide exams in high school, such as the
ACT or SAT.
It would push testing back to the last weeks of the school year.
And, by allowing for pencil-and-paper testing, it could free up weeks of time in classrooms.
OCPS Superintendent Barbara Jenkins appointed to National Board by President Obama
The Board works with the Institute of Educations Sciences or IES, the
statistics, research, and evaluation arm of the Department of Education
who’s mission is to “provide scientific evidence on which to ground
education practice and policy and to share this information in formats
that are useful and accessible to educators, parents, policymakers,
researchers, and the public.”
“Thank you very much. It is my honor to represent the great state of
Florida and to serve on behalf of students and public education,” said
Jenkins after getting the news. Jenkins has been Superintendent here in
Orange County since 2012, and is regularly mentioned in the conversation
for higher positions in public education and political office.
Editorial: Florida senators raise voices for public schools
A bipartisan group of state senators recently struck a constructive tone
on education priorities, vowing support for increased teacher pay and
less testing among other commonsense approaches. Championing public
schools shouldn't be a controversial or partisan issue, but too many
school choice supporters have framed the future of education as an
either/or proposition. That's a terrible way to craft education policy,
and it harms traditional public schools where most of the teaching and
learning still take place. And that's why it's so helpful for senators
to pledge they will be strong, vocal advocates for the system that
serves Florida's 2.7 million public school students.