VAM succeeded in driving our best and seasoned teachers our of the field. Districts did little to change the already in place systems of testing and accountability. The new laws only work when we have leaders who are willing to make changes and use HB7069 and ESSA to our advantage. I am running for a seat in Duval County and there is much work still left to be done. Great explanations of how the system is failing us, again.


When parents complain about over-testing, local school board members often advise them to write to their legislators. When similar concerns are brought to the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE), parents are told “these are local decisions.” Which is it?

In April 2015, following a year where parents had loudly expressed their displeasure with the explosion of testing in public schools and the new Florida State Assessment (FSA) had a disastrous roll out, HB 7069, “An act relating to education accountability” was signed into law and immediately went into effect.

HB 7069 promised to (among other things):

  • reduce “state and local assessment requirements, including those commonly associated with progress monitoring.”
  • “eliminate prescriptive remediation and progress monitoring requirements for low-performing students and provide for targeted instructional support in reading in K-3 students.”
  • grant “districts greater flexibility in measuring student performance in courses not associated with statewide, standardized assessments and in evaluating instructional personnel and school administrators”

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