FCAT panel - the details
OK. Here's the skinny on the FCAT External Advisory Committee. It meets from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Select Orlando-International Airport, 5750 T.G. Lee Blvd. The goal is to discuss rescoring the 2006 third-grade FCAT reading exam, and to look at the creation of an annual, independent review of FCAT results.
Yes, but who's going to be there, you ask. A whole bunch of folks from all over the state.
From the DOE, Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg, Deputy Commissioner of Accountability, Research and Measurement Jay Pfeiffer, Office of Assessment and School Performance Administrator Dr. Cornelia Orr, Program Director of K-12 Assessment Section Kris Ellington and Office of Evaluation and Reporting Director Juan Copa. School superintendents Mary Ellen Elia (Hillsborough County), Buddy Vickers (Gilchrist County), Dennis Bennett (Dixie County), Fredric Ward (Lafayette County), Bill Vogel (Seminole County), and Ron Blocker (Orange County) will be there.
School district administrators Brenda Blackburn (Brevard County) and Alberto Carvalho (Miami-Dade County), as well as district assessment coordinators Nicki Junkins (Volusia County), Natalie Roca (Sarasota County), John Hilderbrand (retired, Hillsborough County), Lee Baldwin (Orange County), Rhonda Borne (North East Florida Educational Consortium) and Owen Roberts (St. Lucie County) are invited. And Robert Lange will represent the Florida Coalition for Assessment Reform, and Marshall Ogletree will represent the Florida Education Association.
Reporters will be there, too. We'll let you know what these people do.
(Times photo, Ken Helle)