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Saturday, August 3, 2013

State education board member say’s Florida’s accountability system is in disarray.

From the Orlando Sentinel: Board member Kathleen Shanahan objected to the delay, saying the state's school-accountability system is in disarray.
"We have a mess on our hands," she said, adding that "I don't think we can wait" to address growing public concerns about how students, teachers and schools are evaluated.
Mrs. Shanahan, who I imagine I would agree with very little on, hits the nail right on the head but I don’t think she went far enough, because the whole system built on the lie that unfettered school choice will improve our education system is in shambles.
Anybody remember how the state took two years to change the evaluation system so that teachers would only be evaluated on students they taught? Anybody check out the Stanford CREDO charter school study which said despite huge advantages children that go to charter schools as a group are lagging behind. Anybody seen study that says merit pay works and kids that get vouchers experience better education out comes? No and that is because they don’t exist. Then please don’t get me started about he folly of basing a system on high stakes standardized tests, the fact that Florida doggedly refuses to admit our poorest performing schools come from neighborhoods wracked with crippling poverty and how Florida has seen fit to send tens of millions of dollars out of the classroom and into the bank accounts of hedge fund managers, real estate moguls and charter school operators.
The whole system is an embarrassing affront to facts and best practices.
Disarray is putting it mildly. 

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