Special treatment not likely for Florida
Florida appears an unlikely candidate for one of 10 slots to participate in the USDOE's "differentiated accountability" program, posits a former FDOE program director who's launched her own web site to give state educators some greater insight into how national education policies affect Florida.
The reason is simple, says Cheryl Sattler, the FDOE's former bureau chief for student assistance, in her new newsletter on Ethica.com - Florida doesn't meet the federal criteria. For instance, she says, a state must have a fully approved standards and assessment system in place. Florida's is only conditionally approved.
Also, Florida lacks a statewide system for supporting schools in need of assistance - another requirement for the program, she writes.
Sattler, who also has worked for Bob Slavin's Success for All Foundation, tells the Gradebook that she left the state Education department hoping to have more influence over policy than she could on the inside. "I started writing the newsletter to give Florida schools and districts insight on how national policy decisions are likely to affect them directly," she says. "Between the national headlines and state news, there's a big gap - a need for a state-specific analysis, and that's what Ethica provides."