Board Backs Stewart On Test Scores, School GradesThe Florida Board of Education voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to back Commissioner Pam Stewart on proposals about test scores and school grades, turning aside concerns from business and education-reform groups.
House Gives Final Approval To Testing BillLawmakers gave final approval Thursday to legislation aimed at rolling back testing for public school students in Florida, even as critics argued the wide-ranging measure doesn't go far enough to ease the burdens of high-stakes exams.
Testing Bill On Hold Amid Debate Over High-Level CoursesLegislation that would overhaul Florida's testing program for public schools was in suspended animation Wednesday, as senators weigh whether to exempt some students in high-level classes from statewide standardized tests.
Senate Bill Looks At Testing FalloutA Senate panel approved a revamped version of testing legislation Thursday, potentially paving the way for an audit of the botched rollout of the state's new standardized tests and making clear that school districts would be repaid if the state recovers damages from the contractor running the exams.
Florida Testing Debate Shifts For RepublicansFor years, debates about holding Florida teachers and schools accountable followed a predictable pattern: Democrats and teachers unions criticized the plans as being too heavily reliant on standardized testing, while Republicans pushed through the plans and insisted that measuring student progress ensures children will learn. This year, the terms of the debate have changed.
Facing South Florida: Back-to-School with Alberto CarvalhoOn the eve of the start of the new school year, Jim sits down for a special half hour with Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Albert Carvalho. The two discuss the new standards replacing the FCAT as well as how the district will handle the influx of refugee children in our community from Central America.