School superintendents issued their own statement Friday, saying they’ve lost faith in the state’s accountability system and called on the Florida Department of Education to consider issuing all schools a grade of incomplete for past year.
“It’s hard to know how it applies to school improvement or areas we need to focus on”, White said.
The state released preliminary test scores Wednesday for the new Florida Standards Assessments.
They add that when faced with similar problems, at least seven states have changed their accountability systems to lessen the blow of negative consequences for their schools.
“While direct negative consequences were avoided for students, the results of a flawed assessment will impact teacher evaluations and will be used to judge the quality of schools”, the letter says.
Included is information about whether student scores were at the top, middle, or bottom of the statewide performance. Miami-Dade County was slightly behind at 24 percent.
“To change a cut score on a test that we don’t have enough data on, I think is irresponsible at this point in time”, Seminole County School Board Chairman Tina Calderone said. At the Florida Atlantic University Lab School in Boca Raton, 45 percent of students performed in the top group, the highest percentage in the state.
“Multiple measures on a grade are important, not one day of a test for a child”. These reports will show each student’s percentile rank on each FSA exam they took. About 63 percent of Sarasota students scored among the top 50 percent of all Florida students.
The Florida Standards Assessments, created to replace the FCAT, are new and the state has yet to decide where to draw the lines for passing and failing on each of the 17 exams.