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What does Florida Board of Education chairwoman Marva Johnson think about testing, accountability?



She won't share yet.

Heading into Wednesday's State Board of Education meeting, where the topic of testing and accountability is scheduled for discussion, we asked chairwoman Marva Johnson her position. Specifically, we sought her views on the concerns and complaints being raised by parents, superintendents, teachers and others who have grown increasingly less confident in the system.

To that open-ended question, Johnson, who's a Bright House corporate vice president of government and industry affairs, said this:

"I appreciate your interest in the important matters pending discussion at this week's board meeting. I am looking forward to hearing further from the stakeholders. I hope that you will be able to attend the meeting to hear each of the board member's thoughts firsthand."

We tried another approach, asking more specific questions. Would Johnson support a pause in state grades? Would she back the call for issuing "incompletes" for school grades? What steps are needed to raise confidence among concerned stakeholders? 

"I have a great deal of respect for the process which includes hearing from the public as well as my fellow members," Johnson responded. "The complaints, recommendations and comments raised by various groups makes it clear that a robust, transparent discussion with the stakeholders and the full board is what Florida's families should expect from us."

See for yourselves if you get that discussion tomorrow, when the board meets in Orlando. It will be aired on the Florida Channel starting at 9 a.m., if you cannot attend in person.

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 11:19am]


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