It’s time to work with other counties to get Florida on track

Diane Ravitch's blog

A high-level official in the Florida Department of Education sent the following message; she was concerned about the secrecy surrounding the tests and their lack of alignment to what teachers are teaching. Needless to say, she requested anonymity.

Here are a few of the facts about the test that parents may not know:

The Florida Department of Education is days away from releasing students test results in grades 3-10 and weeks away from grading schools based upon a battery of tests that lack transparency and alignment to the resources available to teachers in Florida schools.

1. The Florida Department of Education refuses to provide the reading level for the reading test. The Florida Legislature requires the 300 lowest performing schools on the ELA reading test to provide an additional hour of reading instruction each day. Secrecy means schools and students will continue to fail. Florida has a reading retention policy…

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