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Pinellas teachers frustrated with FAIR test, too



It should come as no surprise, but for the record, Pinellas teachers are plenty annoyed with the same, new FAIR test that is causing massive grumbling around the state. Pinellas administrators feel their pain, but they’re also saying, Please be patient.

“Trust the process” is what Pinellas assistant superintendent Pam Moore says she’ll be telling principals and assistant principals this week. “We’re going to remind them … it will be worth it,” Moore told the Gradebook.

Moore is not downplaying the well-documented problems with the system, or widespread concern among teachers. The frustration level has been “intensive,” she said. “Teachers are not trusting the results because they’ve had so many technology issues.”

But Moore also said the state Department of Education has been responsive and apologetic and is working “around the clock” to get the bugs out. To ease pressure on the system, Pinellas adopted a staggered schedule for when schools could access it. And that, along with changes on DOE’s end, have made things better than they were at the start of the year, she said.

Eventually “it will be wonderful,” Moore said. “It really will be.”


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:37am]


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