Florida superintendents offer proposed bill language on accountability
The Florida Association of District School Superintendents upped the ante on accountability Wednesday, reiterating its mistrust in the state education accountability system and offering proposed legislation to fix it.
Its proposal, which is still being drafted, calls for these steps:
Delay the issuance of school grades until the 2015-2016 school year.
Specify that for the 2014-2015 school year, each school will receive an "I" or "Incomplete" as a school grade or school improvement rating. However, the school grade components relating to performance will be calculated and reported. This would include:
• Percentage of students passing FSA in English Language Arts.
• Percentage of students passing FSA in math or Algebra 1.
• Percentage of students passing statewide assessments in social studies.
• For middle schools, the percentage of students passing high school standardized EOCs or attaining national industry certifications.
• In addition, for high schools: the 4-year high school graduation rate; percentage of students eligible to earn college and career credit.
Redefine learning gains to accurately reflect a year's worth of growth in a year's worth of time.
Require the Department of Education to conduct a comprehensive review of the accountability system.
Require the Commissioner of Education to submit the report and corresponding recommendations to the Governor and Legislature by December 1, 2016.
"Florida's public school accountability system is complex, interdependent, and modified annually," the organization said in a press release, just days after announcing its lack of confidence in the system. "The overall purpose of the accountability system should be to improve student performance and inform instruction. However, our current accountability system is based on a flawed and incomplete process that ultimately yields flawed and incomplete data upon which high stakes decisions are being based for students, schools and our communities. The multitude of changes over the past several years - regardless of intention - has resulted in a continual erosion of Florida's accountability system."