Florida Department of Education sets deadlines for new testing
With FCAT nearly over for good, Florida education commissioner Pam Stewart has released a timeline for launching the state's next standardized tests.
Many school district leaders and educators have questioned whether the state can appropriately prepare for a spring 2015 administration of the American Institutes for Research assessments, which have yet to be written. But Stewart has steadfastly maintained that the transition will go smoothly.
Her memo to superintendents outlines dates for when resources will be available to schools. A schedule of computerized tests would be delivered this month under the plan, while policies for the math tests and sample questions would come in June and scoring guidelines for written responses would be released in July.
"Sample test questions and the test item specifications... will be released as preliminary documents and will be expanded and updated at a later date following the initial release." she wrote.