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Florida PTA: Loss of faith in school accountability 'must be rectified'



The Florida PTA is joining superintendents statewide in blasting the state's education accountability system and urging state education officials to not use test scores from the new Florida Standards Assessments in determining school grades and evaluating teachers' performance.

The Florida Association of District School Superintendents had a blunt message for the state on Friday, saying they had "lost confidence" in the state's education accountability system.

In its own statement today, the Florida PTA said it stands with the superintendents. The group agrees that schools should get an "incomplete" for 2014-15 school grades, rather than have the FSA test results dictate a letter grade.

"The fact that the school districts have lost faith in the decisions of the Department of Education must be rectified. Parents and community stakeholders will not continue to tolerate this mess," the Florida PTA said.

The group also urged the State Board of Education to "respect the process" of determining school's "cut scores," encouraging them to trust the expertise and recommendations from the Department of Education's review panels.

In releasing proposed cut scores on Monday, Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart endorsed higher levels than the boards recommended. More here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 2:27pm]


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