BY FRED GRIMM
Proficiency under pressure — that’s what we test for. Right? That’s what public education is all about in the new Florida. Standardized tests decide whether students graduate, how much teachers earn, what performance grades schools get, how much bonus money to give to schools that excel.
So much rides on test outcomes that classroom curriculums have been narrowed to a kind of perpetual test preparation. And test taking. The Fort Myers News-Press, looking at the state’s mandatory testing regime, counted 27 standardized tests that eighth-grade students were required to jam into this school year. Students, teachers, principals, administrators, superintendents, even school board members, all know they’re judged by the outcomes of tests.
Yet the state superintendent, the state board of education and NCS Pearson, the giant testing corporation with a four-year, $254 million contract to administer the state’s standardized test regime, seem to suffer no such accountability. Their competence, their proficiency under pressure has been tested this school year. They flunked and flunked spectacularly.
- Florida State Board of Ed flunks their own standardized test (grumpyelder.com)
- Florida Board of Education FAILED! (notesfromasouthernkitchen.com)
- FCAT glitches add to the test’s stress (grumpyelder.com)
- Florida board lowers FCAT writing test passing score (tbo.com)
- Emergency rule change helps more students pass FCAT (wpbf.com)
- State lowers FCAT writing test passing score (news4jax.com)
- Florida board voting on FCAT scoring revision (tbo.com)
- Superintendents: Miscommunication about FCAT changes to blame for low writing scores (naplesnews.com)
- State Board of Education lowers FCAT writing passing score (wpbf.com)