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Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Florida Department of Education has had a really bad year.

From Scathing Purple Musings, by Bob Sykes

In the past eight months, FCAT Writes, School Grades and now SB 736 teacher data have all been flawed in their initial roll-out. Florida high schools are still waiting for their grades which were due last spring. At some point Floridians will start realizing what outrageous folly it was in the first place to measure something which couldn’t really measure in the first place. Unless, that is you really like having your kid’s test scores exploited this way.

Meanwhile the Cult of Jeb Bush sit in judgement on the State Board of Education. Driven by ideology and a fixed agenda, they will continue to shove a square peg into a round hole. The fact will be lost on them that a serious disconnect exists between effective and highly effective teachers – 97 percent – and the number of schools who don’t receive A’s. Let alone the number they want to close with Parent Trigger.

What a train wreck Florida’s accountability system has become.

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