I have to say this is twice in a week that Becki Couch has impressed me. Maybe it’s the freedom of not having to run for reelection.
When talking about school grades based on the new Common Core tests she said in the Times Union:
“This is a train wreck, There needs to be time to get baseline data. Otherwise it’s an unfair evaluation.”
Baseline data, she said, would be the first scores on the first year’s tests.
She’s absolutely right and because of it Duval’s School Board will vote next month on a resolution objecting to Florida’s plans to issue grades using new state exams.
If it approves the measure, Duval could become the first district in Florida to formally question the legitimacy of Florida’s grading system under the new tests, which the state is paying $220 million to develop.
It is past time the board pushed back against the misuse of testing but better late than never.
Okay with that out of the way I am going to play a little devil’s advocate here. This past year the district’s grades plummeted and even though I don’t think much of the states grading system, they are bound to plummet again with this years testing and I don’t think the administration could survive a second disastrous year in a row. I believe the board and super are being genuine with their concerns but I also think a whiff of self preservation may be involved in their long overdue decision to push back against testing and the states grading system.
To read more, click the link: http://news.wjct.org/post/duval-county-taking-lead-call-state-testing-pause