From the Tampa Times, Wariness over a recent
study of Florida’s school testing system reached a new level Thursday as state
senators learned that Department of Education officials had input on at least
two drafts of the document.
the study’s recommendations, senators suggested its impartiality had been
of this report was it was supposed to be independent. That’s how it was sold to
us,” Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Fort Lauderdale, said of the effort, which cost
the state nearly $600,000. “Was there any other person that you could have
had review it other than the (commissioner) of education?”
Wiley of Alpine Testing Solutions said he didn’t know. He explained that the
department offered clarifications on some technical wording, but did not
influence the overall findings.