Is Commissioner Stewart setting up Florida to fail?

I would like you to read the following
passages from the Tampa Times:
The state superintendents association had been
lobbying for temporary suspension of the A-F grading system.
We think it’s critical to get it right before
we impose any penalties,” Orange County Superintendent Barbara Jenkins said,
speaking on behalf of the Florida Association of District School
Superintendents. “Teacher pay for performance, administrative pay for
performance, graduation, promotion — all of those high-stakes measures need to
be dealt with gently and precisely in any school grading system.”
But Stewart said even a brief hiatus from the
accountability system would hurt children.
“If we don’t issue those grade that first
year, what will happen [is] that same shock will just be delayed by a year,”
she said.
What do you think she meant when
using the word shock? I mean when I get a shock it’s never a good thing, it’s
unexpected and almost always bad. It seems to me Mrs. Stewart thinks something
unexpected and bad is going to happen.
Let’s see if there are any signs
that point to this.
We don’t have the replacement for
the FCAT lined up and even if we did Mrs. Stewart says there is no reason we
should field test it. Though since many schools and districts don’t have the
computers or bandwidth to pull it off maybe that’s a good thing.
Throw in Stewart’s assertion Common
Core isn’t going to cost anything extra and her disregarding the superintendents’
association, the parent teacher association and the teachers unions concerns about
our accountability system preferring to go with her own tweaks, and then I
think we may be in for a shock, though a disaster is a firm possibility too.
Shocking right?

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