Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 4:00 pm
A Florida college rated “substandard” in national rankings of education schools said the rankings were “inaccurate and misleading” and rely too much on information obtained on the Internet.
Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 11:04 am
Teachers might not have to wait another year for a raise after all.
Leaders in the Florida Legislature are working on a fix to the education budget that provides $480 million in raises for teachers and other school personnel.
But according to the budget, that money won’t be in paychecks until June 2014.
Lawmakers say a technical fix should get teachers their raises before next year.
Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 9:52 am
Lawmakers and Gov. Rick Scott reached a compromise on $480 million in raises for teachers and other school workers.
The raises are part of a $74 billion spending plan for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
Districts will have flexibility in how the money is awarded based on local collective bargaining agreements.
Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 2:03 pm
A professor at Teacher’s College, Columbia University has set up a website to allow New York students, parents and educators to post comments about the new state English language arts test.
The tests are now tied to Common Core education standards adopted by 45 states — including Florida. New York students have been taking the exams for the first over the last few weeks.
Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 12:44 pm
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Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 1:34 pm
Florida is working toward full implementation of Common Core State Standards by the 2014-15 school year.
The standards set benchmarks for each grade level. And instead of learning a little bit about a lot of things, students will be expected to absorb a lot of information about fewer subjects.
Education Commissioner Tony Bennett says Florida’s transition to Common Core is on schedule.
Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 2:37 pm
Will Florida need a ‘Plan B’ test for new standards set to hit state schools in 2014? And if not, will school have the computers and bandwidth necessary for the online tests?
That’s just one item on tomorrow’s State Board of Education agenda.
Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 8:00 am
As the spring semester winds down around the country, one teacher, Gerald Conti, is not going quietly.
Conti is retiring from Westhill High School in Syracuse, NY at the end of this school year and his resignation letter has become a manifesto for critics of the Common Core.
Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 10:58 am
The State Board of Education will get an update next week on Florida’s next education standards, the Common Core State Standards.
The meeting will include information about the technology needed to implement the new assessments that are scheduled to begin in early 2015.
Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 1:16 pm
Education Commissioner Tony Bennett says he will have more information next week about plans for implementing new education standards known as Common Core.
The State Board of Education is meeting next week.
“We have rolled out a very aggressive implementation plan,” Bennett said. “We know that we have to be fully implemented and prepared to teach and assess these standards in 2014-15.”
Florida and 45 other states are transitioning to Common Core.
As states start phasing in Common Core standards in public school classrooms, no Common Core textbooks have been written yet, and new assessments are still being developed.
So, teachers are creating their own lesson plans as they begin to implement the standards.
They’re not doing it alone.
Forty-five states and the District of Columbia are working toward full implementation of Common Core standards.
But there's a split in the way states will measure what students have learned. Two different testing systems are on the table.
One test will average a series of test results to determine a student’s score. The other is a single, adaptive test which tailors questions based on a student’s past answers.
The tests are being designed now for use by 2014-15.
Florida is in the process of transitioning to common core standards in public schools.
The first full year of implementation is scheduled for 2014-15.
45 states and Washington, D.C. have agreed to adopt common core standards.
The standards will measure whether students across the country are reaching certain benchmarks in English, Math and Language Arts.