Sick of Accountabaloney, Florida Superintendents have lost Confidence in system

A press release, today, from the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS) clearly states that “Florida district school superintendents have lost confidence in the current accountability system for the students of the State of Florida.”   To read the full press release, click here.

They go on to make several recommendations:

  1. Suspend any application of the results from the spring 2015 administration of the FSA to students, teachers and schools.
  2. Issue an “I” (Incomplete) if necessary, to all Florida schools for 2014-2015, based upon the availability of limited and flawed data.
  3. Reject the concept that the standards set for the FSA mirror the levels of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). [This is a direct response to the Board of Education and the Foundation for Florida’s Future’s recent call to raise the proficiency bar on the recent 2015 Florida State Assessment.]
  4. Conduct an extensive review of the accountability system, including the multiple changes that have been implemented over the last several years.

They conclude by saying “We have witnessed the erosion of public support for an accountability system that was once a model for the nation. Florida school superintendents stand ready to work with all stakeholders and the Department of Education to develop a viable accountability system and regain the trust of our students, teachers, parents and communities.”

This is more proof that Florida needs a serious, state wide, discussion regarding the appropriate use of standardized test data. This should include review of the mandatory third grade retention, graduation requirements, VAM scores, the effect of state mandated EOCs on a student’s GPA, and the A-F school grading system. Florida should consider the use of existing, less test-based accountability systems. Rather than enacting new laws, existing laws with unintended negative consequences should be repealed.  Only then will Florida’s system regain respect.

We are ALL tired of Accountabaloney.

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Superintendents Can Smell the Accountabaloney

Florida’s Superintendents are meeting this week and the talk is focused on the failed FSA validity study, school grades and accountability.  “The question they have is, can they continue to support an effort that they have serious questions about?” It seems like they are beginning to smell the Accountabaloney…

Montford said superintendents have “carried the water” for the state over many years in the implementation of the high-stakes accountability model. Their backing of the concept behind the system remains, he added.

But the time has come for district leaders to take a close look at the model and decide whether they can continue to back its current form, he said.

“We’ve got to be sure we give due thought to every aspect of the accountability system, not just school grades,” Montford said. “This has far-reaching implications.”

Yes, EVERY aspect of the accountability system….

Read about it here: http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/for-florida-superintendents-patience-wears-thin-on-school-testing-problems/2246998

More news expected today.

Schools are not factories, an educated child is not a product

“The bottom line then is this: Those who speak of holding students and teachers “accountable” and emphasize data collection as “the solution” to education reform are applying the wrong business and educational models. Children, teachers and parents everywhere should refuse to participate in this, and it is those at the top of this pyramid scheme who need to be held accountable!”

When our policy makers applied inappropriate business models to education in the name of accountability, what we got was accountabaloney .

Part of dissecting the issue of “accountabaloney” is to look back and understand where we came from.  This issue becomes even more concerning with the current move to privatize education, especially when high stakes are still attached.  Here is a very poignant article that explains the current model and why it is so troublesome.  Factory Model Education “Reforms” Were Designed for Product Testing, Not Children  by Christopher Chase provides a very insightful look at the current system and demonstrates  why a system like this is never the answer to holding kids and teacher accountable in a respectful and ethical manner.   To read the full article, click here.