Race to the Top suggestions are in
Should Florida extend the FCAT to kindergarten and first and second grades? Develop a performance pay program for principals? Invest in more guidance counselors?
Those ideas are among the recommendations sent to the Department of Education in recent weeks in response to Education Commissioner Eric J. Smith’s call for input on the state’s Race to the Top application. In total, 47 people responded by the Friday deadline – which seems underwhelming in light of the good the state might be able to do if handed oh, tens or even hundreds of millions of Race to the Top dollars by the feds (who have $4.35 billion to divvy up).
The Florida House Democratic Caucus offered one of the most detailed proposals (line 49), suggesting less reliance on the FCAT, more reliance on end-of-course exams and – maybe less predictably -- “incentives” for teachers working in high-poverty schools.
USF professor Sherman Dorn (line 8) hit on development of end-of-course exams, too, specifically in science.
Ron Matus, State Education Reporter