Children are stressed out and parents are m ad enough to want their children to “Opt-Out” of all high-stakes testing. Frustrated teachers are leaving the profession and superintendents are demanding real change. Lawmakers: how about some real relief? Florida schools are about to hit the big testing/school grades accountability iceberg this spring. Why? This year,Continue reading “High-Stakes Testing Overload about to Sink our Public Schools!”
Today is the deadline to register for my Hot Topics “debate” with Patricia Levesque, mentioned in the article below. January 28, 2015 Wednesday 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m Hot Topic Luncheon on the Overuse of Standardized Testing in our schools Capital City Country Club, 1601 Golf Terrace Drive $17 Nonmembers – $20 FOR RESERVATIONS: PleaseContinue reading “It’s Gonna Be HOT!”
Rodderick Moorer was a magnificent human being and a transformational teacher. He loved his students and challenged them to think, question and learn about American History, Government and Economics. As parent Sue Wiley said, “He was respectful of his students, had high expectations of them and was willing to wait for them to kick intoContinue reading “Remembering A Magnificent Teacher and Human Being-Brother Rodderick Moorer”
COLUMNISTS Rosanne Wood: A brief stand against testing My View Rosanne Wood When the Lee County School Board voted last week to ban state-required high-stakes testing in its schools, shockwaves were felt in every corner of the state. The earth especially shook at the Foundation for Excellence in Education, Jeb Bush’s mouthpiece and lobbying groupContinue reading
Accountability–YES! School Grades–NO! At Governor Scott’s recent School Grading Summit, there was much discussion about extending safety nets to schools which would otherwise drop two letter grades caused by the significant changes to the grading rules. They might as well have debated whether or not to throw safety nets off the Titanic. The Florida A-FContinue reading “Accountability–YES! School Grades–NO!”
Bill Gates is finally admitting what people who actually work in schools have been saying for the past 10 years. Trying to hastily evaluate teachers by over-reliance on standardized test results is a fool’s errand. Many of the most important things counselors, social workers and many teachers do (think art, music, drama, PE) for ourContinue reading “And you thought your child was taking a lot of tests now . . .”
More trails to blaze! Thank you Kelly Otte for such a nice article. I’m so glad your son was one of the many students SAIL was able to help along the way.
Don’t sell our kids private information! Pete Kreis tells it like it is in today’s Tallahassee Democrat.
Wanted to tell you also that Logan, is about a year away from graduating from FSU in Accounting. He wanted to be sure he could compete in the job market. Very glad he got to attend SAIL and become part of your extended family. It changed his life so he could finally feel like heContinue reading “So nice to hear success stories . .”