Instead of scattering K-12 assessment tests throughout the spring months and disrupting teaching time, a reform proposal being unveiled Wednesday morning in the Florida Legislature would require all such exams to take place only in the final three weeks of the school year, starting next year.
They thought they were visiting Florida Medical Center to hear another boring lecture. So when 30 high school students entered the hospital auditorium and eyed a collection of thick, slimy pig hearts, ready for them to touch, probe and cut up, their own hearts began to flutter.
Florida’s teachers union struck out Wednesday in its latest effort to dismantle a tax credit scholarship program as the state’s Supreme Court rejected the union’s appeal for legal standing to challenge the voucher-like program that finances students from low-performing schools who want to attend private schools.
Florida should scrap computer-based testing, cut some state-mandated high school exams and use national college admissions tests — which many students take anyway — in place of state ones, a panel of superintendents told state lawmakers this morning.