School district superintendents across Florida say they’ve lost confidence in the state’s testing and accountability system.
Florida Association of District School Superintendents issued four recommendations on what the state should do about the Florida Standards Assessments.
- Read the FSA validity study
- Florida Association of District School Superintendents statement on validity study
- FADSS statement on student accountability system
The group’s first recommendation is to not have the Spring 2015 FSA results count against students, teachers and schools.
The second recommendation is to issue incomplete grades, if necessary, to all Florida schools for last school year based on “the availability of limited and flawed data.”
Third, the superintendents are also rejecting the idea that FSA standards are the same as national standards.
And fourth, they’re asking for an extensive review of the entire testing and accountability system in Florida.
Cindy Hamilton, one of the co-founders of the Opt Out Orlando and Opt Out Florida Network, says it’s great that district superintendents are joining the public outcry.
“I think that for parents that are hearing this now, hearing this today, they need to start asking questions of their kids and find out what are their kids experiencing in the classrooms,” Hamilton said. “A lot of parents aren’t aware of the constant non-stop test prep and testing that goes on all in the name of accountability.”
According to the Department of Education’s current suggested FSA grading scale, between 40 to 50 percent of students will receive failing grades in most subjects for last school year’s test.
The Florida Superintendents Association says in addition to the negative impact on students, teachers and schools, a flawed accountability system will have an adverse economic impact on Florida communities.
Earlier this month the state DOE said a study verified the validity of the FSA. The study was conducted by Alpine Testing Solutions, and was contracted by the state.
However, the study several issues with the way the tests were written and administered, and issued a number of recommendations.
Superintendents say the study is proof the FSA should not be used in teacher evaluations and school grade calculations.