More tests, but better tests?
As the St. Petersburg Times reported Saturday, top education officials in Florida are seriously studying the idea of end-of-course exams as a future plank in the accountability system for high schools. But will end-of-course exams replace the FCAT? Run alongside the FCAT? Board of Education member Kathleen Shanahan (left), who's among those heading to New York next month to find out more about that state's Regents exams, told The Gradebook it's way too early to tell. She said she has yet to research the data to see whether end-of-course exams are even effective. "You have to see if it's real," she said.
So, what do y'all think? Do end-of-course exams make sense? Will they help Florida's high schools? One prolific blog responder wrote on our sister blog the Buzz that end-of-course exams are an attempt to patch a fatal flaw in plans for teacher-performance pay (see post here). Is "terminator" right?
- Ron Matus, state education writer