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FL: Education Commissioner Waives High-Stakes Consequences of Tests

As spring testing kicked off across the sunshine state this week, Florida education officials confirmed that typical “high-stakes” consequences of the exams, like grade promotions and school accountability measures, would be paused this school year. Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said the move would alleviate the...

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Florida Releases School Spending Data

In the Florida Phoenix, Diane Rado reports on the Sunshine State’s release of school-level spending data as required by ESSA. This data, she says, could be “an eye opener,” given the incredible disparity in per-student spending from school to school. For example, “in the Collier...

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Florida Launches New Report Cards

Jeffrey S. Solochek reports for the Tampa Bay Times that ESSA “placed several new requirements on states, to make it easier for parents to access and understand data about how their schools and districts are performing.” And this week, Florida delivered on part of these...

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Florida Lawmakers Introduce ELL-Exam Bill

Jeffrey S. Solochek reports for the Tampa Bay Times that two Miami-area Democrats in the state legislature have introduced companion legislation (SB 1590 / HB 1213) that would allow Florida’s English-language learner students to take state exams in their first language. If approved, “the measure...

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