Superintendent Vitti gives teachers something to be thankful for

This was in our school mailboxes today:

M November
21, 2012
TO: All
Duval County Public
FROM: Dr. Nikolai P. Vitti,
Duval County Public

Please be advised
that after hearing the resounding concerns of teachers, students, parents,
administrators, and other stakeholders regarding the high frequency and
duplication of district testing, I thoroughly reviewed the 2012-2013 testing
calendar and determined that the following assessments will be discontinued
effective Monday, November 26, 2012:

  • Reading, Math, and Science Progress Monitoring
    Assessments (PMAs)
  • Pre-test Learning Schedule Assessments
  • Professional Learning Community Assessments
  • Read 180: SRI Assessments
  • Developmental Reading Assessments
  • District Writing Prompt #3
  • District Writing Prompt #4 (with the exception of grades
    4, 8, and 10 and administered one week earlier)
  • District elementary, middle, and high school Reading
    Interim Assessments

The Florida
Assessments for Instruction in Reading (FAIR) results will be used to satisfy
state progress monitoring requirements. The elimination of the identified
assessments is taking place as part of an effort to maximize instructional time
and minimize the disruption caused by frequent testing. All remaining district
assessments on the testing calendar will remain unchanged until further review
and alternative options can be determined.

We will work together
over the spring and summer to restore stakeholder confidence in the district’s
assessment system by developing more reliable, aligned, and effective
assessments for reading, mathematics, science, writing, and End of Course

As you know, progress
monitoring is an essential component to ensuring high quality instruction,
intervention, and differentiation. However, we cannot create an environment in
our classrooms where we are testing for the sake of testing, especially when
doing so undermines teaching and learning. Despite everyone’s desire for “better
data,” we must demonstrate prudence and maintain a balance between
teaching/learning and assessing. This will occur once we revamp our assessment
system for the 2013-2014 school year.
As always, please
send me your questions, concerns, and solutions regarding this matter.  

Wow, we may have something here friends…

One Reply to “Superintendent Vitti gives teachers something to be thankful for”

  1. I love this! How much money are we saving? I was in the classroom for the past 2 years and I'm so glad to see that our kids will spend more time learning and less time testing!!!

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