As if we weren't already wandering around worried about our kids' futures – much less their emotional perceptions of their futures, like whether they'll ever be able to get a job – today's big news of slaloming FCAT scores (like, literally, down into the 20-percent rage), probably speaks more to the state's giant fumble when it changed the test and the way it was graded mid schoolyear than it says about the work that teachers are doing (although it could also be argued that being ranked 41st is per-pupil spending isn't helping much, we assume). Our Dumb State can't really be getting that much dumber.
In a May 15 letter to the Florida Department of Education and the State Board of Education, Central Florida Public School Boards Coalition Chair Susan Valdes argues that the issue is already in need of an audit, seeing as these standardized test scores are the only thing we judge our kids – and consequently, they judge themselves – upon. Give me "C!"Apparently, the State Board of Education is considering new rule on the scores (probably to save face) without the benefit of an external audit.
"This type of solution would not be appropriate considering the broad impact these scores have on associated school functions and the critical risk of losing confidence in the validity and reliability of Florida's accountability system," she writes, sternly.
Um, accountability has never even visited Florida, but we appreciate the effort.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at email@example.com.
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.