This Weeks Most Read News State-wide testing had positive consequences
Florida's commitment to yearly state testing and accountability is critical to student success as public schools transition to the new Florida Standards Assessment (FSA)...School grades are determined by school-wide performance on state-wide tests like FSA Math, English-Language Arts and Writing, FCAT Science and for some students, end-of-course exams.Florida judge throws out lawsuit against voucher program
Backers of Florida's largest private-school voucher program scored a significant victory Monday in an increasingly bitter legal battle. Circuit Judge George Reynolds tossed out a lawsuit that contended that the program that serves nearly 70,000 students across the state by placing them in private and mostly religious schools is unconstitutional.FSA review panel holding first meeting today
The three-person committee that will tap an independent expert -- likely a think tank or university center -- to review the validity of Florida's new standardized tests is meeting for the first time this morning. The panel must pick an expert by June 1, and the expert must complete a validity study on the Florida Standards Assessments by Sept. 1.Board of Education, meeting in Flagler, calls for record funding
As they wait for state lawmakers to approve a budget, local officials cheered a call from the state Board of Education to increase school funding to its highest levels.