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MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, JUHAN MIXON ED.D

Originally published Friday, December 12, 2014.

Juhan Mixon, Interim Executive Director

Concerns About Testing

Concerns about testing, both the number of required tests as well as the penalties associated with poor performance have grown over the past year. Parents, teachers and other stakeholders in the education community have expressed their concerns and lawmakers are taking notice.

Earlier this week, former Senate President Don Gaetz (who will serve as the Chairman of the Senate Education Appropriations Committee) wrote a letter to Commissioner Pam Stewart urging her to take steps to resolve some of these concerns. Senator Gaetz has a unique perspective, as he has served as a member of the Okaloosa County school board, Superintendent of Schools in Okaloosa and state Senator. His letter, which can be seen HERE is over five pages long and is detailed in its recommendations for improvement. Among his urgings to the Commissioner, he asked her to expand the investigation of standardized tests to evaluate those required by the DOE or State Board, including state-required and authorized optional scores, courses and programs; and fully explore and use options to alleviate pressures on students and parents brought about by testing.

Sen. Gaetz is not alone in his concerns. Sen. John Legg, who served as Chairman of the Senate Education committee for the past two years (and will do so again under Senate President Gardiner) has shared similar sentiments. At the Florida School Board Association winter conference earlier this month, Sen. Legg indicated that he has also heard concerns and anticipates that the Education committee will be discussing ways in which to resolve these issues during the upcoming session. One thing is clear, the issues of testing and accountability will be part of the discussion this legislative session.

Your Thoughts This Week

Each week FASA features a one question poll on various issues. This week we ask:

What should be done to alleviate concerns about Florida’s testing and accountability system?

RESPOND HERE and see the results of your colleagues.

The results of last week's question:



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