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Florida education leaders continue to register concerns over state accountability



First came the superintendents. Next, the parents and the school boards.

Now, the Florida Association of School Administrators has joined the growing call for Florida to temporarily halt school grades while leaders sort out the concerns and questions surrounding state testing and accountability.

"District and school based administrators also question why we continue to push a high stakes test which was not administered the first time as a base year and was flawed in administration," FASA executive director Juhan Mixon wrote in a message to members early Friday. "We concur with the superintendents' conclusion that, 'There is no evidence that the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is fully aligned to or measures Florida Standards.' And we echo the superintendents in asking for an 'extensive review of the accountability system.'"

Education commissioner Pam Stewart has stressed that she has no intention of withholding school grades. She pointed to a recent validity study, saying it verified the state assessments were an accurate way to measure students' mastery of Florida standards.

"I believe it is my responsibility -- and I take it very seriously -- to focus on the students in the state of Florida and what's best for the students in the state of Florida," Stewart said. "We are doing that."

Read the FASA statement here.

[Last modified: Friday, October 2, 2015 9:03am]


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