The board's vote effectively opposes a proposal that would make it harder for schools to earn A ratings.
UPDATE from Tallahassee:
The Florida Department of Education voted 6-1 in favor of Commissioner Pam Stewart's recommendation.
Standardized testing, specifically the Florida Standards Assessment, and how the scores will determine school grades, was the main topic of a workshop at the Flagler School Board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 5.
The Board reviewed and, during the regular meeting that followed, passed unanimously their Resolution in support of Florida Department of Education, Commissioner Pam Stewart’s proposal that keeps the 2013-2014 scoring system in place. Her proposal is in opposition to State Board member John Padget’s proposal that would make it harder for schools to earn As.
Standardized testing has experienced accountability issues and problems with the timely release of scores, since a law was passed in April 2015 required school districts to “not schedule more than 5 percent of a student’s total school hours in a school year to administer statewide, standardized assessments and district-required local assessments.”
In the resolution, the School Board states that there is “no evidence that NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Process) is fully aligned to or measures the Florida Standards.” The national assessment is a pass/fail score, set higher than Stewart’s proposal.
“This resolution is stating is that we should continue with the process that has been in place for the last 15 years, and that we support the commissioner’s recommendation for cut scores,” Flagler Schools Superintendent, Jacob Oliva said.
The resolution signed at the meeting was immediately emailed to Tallahassee following the meeting, so that it would be received in time for the 9 a.m. Board of Education meeting today, Wednesday, Jan. 6.