Tag: end of course exams

Florida roundup: School grades, charter schools, Space of Mind & more

Charter schools. What happened to the Ben Gamla charter school in Pinellas is a “study in bad charter school governance.” Choice Words. Parents try to figure out what to do now that a struggling charter school in Deland is closing. Daytona Beach News Journal. Ditto for the parents of a[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Rick Scott, career education, school zoning & more

Charter schools. A Palm Beach County School Board member questions whether it’s appropriate to allow a charter school to stay in a district building that needs millions of dollars in renovations. Extra Credit. Career education. Manatee students make a splash in two national competitions – one in technology, and the[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Common Core, school grades, summer learning loss & more

Common Core. StateImpact Florida: Don’t let Common Core squeeze out science. StateImpact Florida: State Sen. John Legg says lawmakers still have a lot to do to get the state ready for Common Core. Charter schools. New study from CREDO shows charter schools improving nationally, compared to traditional public schools, but with[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Rick Scott vetoes, teacher pay, ed schools & more

Rick Scott. Gov. Rick Scott vetoes about $400 million in spending and a proposed tuition hike, reports the Associated Press and South Florida Sun Sentinel. (Tampa Tribune columnist Joe Henderson gives him a thumbs up.) Vetoes other ed-related items, reports StateImpact Florida. Vetoes $1.5 million for a STEM project in Pasco, reports Gradebook. Vetoes[Read More…]

Florida working to resolve problems with private schools, end-of-course exams

Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett is tweaking policy and looking to enlist school districts and state colleges to remedy a testing headache for thousands of private school students. The headache is caused by Florida’s end-of-course exams, which are tied to graduation requirements. Here’s the problem: If a seventh-grader in a[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Fundamental schools, parent trigger, school closings & more

Parent trigger. The House parent trigger bill clears a second committee in face of growing opposition. Coverage from redefinED and The Buzz. The parent trigger is all about privatizing, editorializes the Bradenton Herald (though the piece appears to be word for word the same one that ran in the Palm BeachPost.) School[Read More…]

Report: Florida charter school students outperforming district school peers

Florida charter school students are out-scoring and out-gaining their traditional public school counterparts in more than 150 comparisons on the state’s standardized tests, according to a state-mandated report released by the Florida Department of Education Thursday. In 156 of 177 comparisons, charter school students scored higher, made bigger gains and[Read More…]