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Pasco superintendent named to state testing policy committee



Florida's school accountability system has had its share of tests in the past few years. (Think 2006 third-grade scoring mess up, or 2010 delayed results then challenged by several superintendents.)

The Department of Education doesn't want a similar show as it transitions to FCAT 2.0 and end-of-course exams. So commissioner Eric J. Smith has convened a committee of superintendents to advise him on the coming changes to the state's assessments.

The committee, which is slated to have its first meeting on Sept. 29 in Jacksonville, is to review existing testing practices and policies, and to make relevant recommendations. Among the members is Pasco superintendent Heather Fiorentino, one of the few who did not criticize publicly the most recent FCAT scoring situation that had others screaming for audits and outside reviews.

Fiorentino said she had accepted the invitation to serve, but knew little about the scope of work that Smith has in mind.

Others named to the committee are: Dan Boyd (Alachua), Bill Husfelt (Bay), Alberto Carvalho (Miami-Dade), Ed Pratt-Dannals (Duval), Wally Cox (Highlands), Jim Browder (Lee), Joe Burke (Monroe), Ron Blocker (Orange), Bill Vogel (Seminole), Joe Joyner (St. Johns), Peg Smith (Volusia)

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 3:44pm]


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