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Finally, the Hillsborough board will take up testing



Hillsborough County School Board members were way out front on the issue of excessive high-stakes testing.

"It's insane," Chairwoman Candy Olson told her board. "I'd like to see us work with the Legislature and state organizations to try and bring a little bit of sanity to this thing called testing."

That was ... April 26.

Since then there has been a lot of talk, a spate of state embarrassments (most recently the need to readjust 213 school grades) and a thick report that shows Hillsborough kids are, indeed, tested, tested and tested. The board has also workshopped its five-year technology plan and new enrollment and athletic eligibility procedures in the aftermath of the Armwood High School football scandal.

The Hillsborough board did get all real last week on the issue of "F" grades to exceptional student education centers, and got an earful back from Commissioner Gerard Robinson.

This coming Tuesday, the board will hold its workshop on testing. Technology permitting, we will file live on Gradebook from that 9 a.m. session. Board members can't take any action, but they can give the issue a serious airing.

Later in the day, in their formal meeting, they will name principals for Cork, Woodbridge and Dunbar elementary schools, Eisenhower Middle School and the Metropolitan Ministries Partnership School.

At 5:01 (don't ask), they'll hold a public meeting on next year's budget.

[Last modified: Thursday, July 26, 2012 1:21pm]


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