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Flagler Schools Take a Beating as All But One See Grades Drop; District Maintains B

| July 8, 2016

For the first time in the 15-year history of school and district grades, Flagler County schools did not earn a single A in 2016. Officials are cautioning parents and students not to put too much stock in the results, which reflect a new but also tougher way to grade schools.

Lawmakers Are Reducing Florida’s Public Schools To Factories of Failure and Inequity

| April 28, 2016

Time to take a good look at whether the changes we’ve endured — mass privatization, real-dollar funding decreases, high-stakes testing, and loss of local school board authority — gets us closer to carrying out our constitutional duty to our children.

Education Commissioner Stewart Joins Calls For Eliminating Some High-Stakes Testing

| February 19, 2015

Stewart recommended that the state get rid of a language-arts test students take in 11th grade, eliminating some final exams and making optional a college readiness test.

Back In Tallahasee, Jeb Bush Gets a Taste of Push-Back Against His Education Legacy

| February 11, 2015

Appearing at an education Summit, Jeb Bush, who is preparing a run for the presidency, saw his common core, school voucher and high-stakes testing ideas challenged, as they would likely be on the campaign trail.

Senate Appears Ready to Rethink Florida’s Obsession With High-Stakes Testing

| January 7, 2015

With parents complaining about a glut of tests in public schools and the Florida Department of Education investigating how much time students spend on exams, senators appear ready to refocus how the state assesses learning gains.

Flagler Students Post Wide Gains in State Rankings in FCAT Reading, Math and Science

| June 6, 2014

Overall, Flagler students improved their rankings in Florida in 12 categories while dropping back in seven, providing many bright spots but also a few worrisome ones.

Latest Education Scandal Buoys Critics Of High-Stakes Testing as Scott Scrambles

| August 5, 2013

Critics of the state’s education policies are seizing on serial resignations in the education commissioner’s seat, arguing that the problem is less the person on the job than the state’s accountability system. Tony Bennett was a strong supporter of that system, adding a twist of irony to his resignation in the wake of reports that he tweaked the Indiana school report card formulas to help a school founded by a political contributor.

Bucking State Trend, Flagler School Grades Stay Strong, But So Does Criticism

| July 11, 2012

All but one Flagler County public or charter school scored an A or a B. The exception was Palm Harbor Academy, a charter, which scored an F. The state’s teachers union cautioned against making much of the results absent a more reliable testing system.

With Few Flagler Exceptions, Reading, Math and Science FCAT Scores Drop for Most Schools

| June 5, 2012

As reading and math scores improved statewide in most grades, despite tougher standards, Flagler County students lost ground over last year’s results, and struggled to keep up with state averages.

Flagler Third Graders Rank 19th in Reading, 23rd in Math, in Latest FCAT Batch

| May 24, 2012

Out of 988 students who took the test in Flagler County, 130, or 13 percent, scored only a 1 on a scale of 5, and will be held back, absent improvements in summer reading school, which the district offers free.

Flagler’s FCAT Writing Scores Collapse, a Reflection of Florida’s Tougher Standards

| May 18, 2012

As expected, Flagler County’s writing scores for 4th, 8th and 10th graders, released today, fell precipitously as the state imposed a new writing standard and a new passing grade, but itself failed to convey those standards clearly to teachers and principals ahead of time.

FCAT Scores Plummet Statewide, Sending Education Officials in a Panic

| May 14, 2012

The lower scores can have serious implications on school grades, students’ promotions and graduations, merit pay and evaluations for teachers. The state Board of Education called an emergency meeting for Tuesday to rethink its approach.

FCAT 2.0: Computer Snags in Flagler Schools Compound Students’ and Teachers’ Anxieties

| April 18, 2012

FCAT testing began this week, and with a dozen tests administered by computer only, to save money, teachers in several Flagler schools are reporting students being arbitrarily logged off, losing work and time and worsening already stressful conditions.

FCAT Season From a Teacher’s Perspective: An Absurd and Demeaning Fraud

| April 15, 2012

Florida’s FCAT autocrats have gamed the system into an exam only the dumbest can fail while hijacking teachers’ and students’ time for nine weeks of regimentation and secrecy worthy of classified military secrets, argues teacher Joann Nahirny in her latest dispatch from the trenches.

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