“In January, I took action to protect instructional time for our teachers and students by suspending county assessments effective immediately. The feedback from that decision has been overwhelmingly positive: teachers, parents, and students agree that we must maximize time in the classroom to be used for learning. Working with our legislators, I am committed to protecting educational opportunities for our students and the professional integrity of teachers,” said Superintendent Davis.
Superintendent Davis will have media availability on Wednesday with Florida Senators Montford, Garcia, Lee, Stewart, and Mayfield, who are introducing the legislation.
WHERE: Senate Chamber Doors
WHEN: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.
Media availability at 1:00 p.m.
Some of the legislation’s highlights include:
Fewer and Better Assessments
The legislation limits annual assessments to what ESSA (new federal legislation) requires. Effectively, this will repeal all required end-of-course assessments (EOCs) except Algebra I and Biology I. Geometry, Algebra II, U.S. History and Civics EOCs would no longer be administered or required. It would also:
- Authorize the selection of a nationally recognized high school assessment (PSAT, SAT, or ACT) in lieu of administering the tenth grade FSA.
- Repeal the requirement for a specific ninth grade ELA assessment. ESSA only requires the administration of one assessment for high school.
Test Administration and Reporting
- Authorizes tests to be administered using paper/pencil or non-electronically.
- Requires the FSA to be administered no earlier than the last four weeks of school.
- Requires the FSA, Algebra I, and Biology I EOC results to be available within 30 days of administration.
- Requires the Florida Commissioner of Education to provide a detailed analysis of information relating to student achievement levels and learning gains on statewide, standardized assessments.
- Requires the student achievement and learning gain analysis to be included in the Florida Department of Education’s annual report to the Governor and Legislature.
Performance Evaluations of Teachers and Administrators
- Repeals the Florida Department of Education’s Value Added Model (VAM), returning the teacher and administrator evaluation system to the local level.
- Reduces unnecessary assessments by eliminating those that are administered only to measure performance for the sake of a teacher or administrator evaluation.
School Grading and Accountability
- Modifies FDOE’s school grading system to reflect the elimination of EOCs.
- Requires FDOE to develop a model for retaining learning gains in the school grading system, particularly high schools, which incorporates the flexibility to adopt a nationally recognized high school assessment.
- Defines “learning gain” as maintaining achievement level 3, 4 or 5, or increasing such achievement level.
- Authorizes the grades for high school courses taken in middle school to also be reflected in the school grade for the high school the students goes on to attend.
- Incorporates provisions for calculating the high school graduation rate authorized by ESSA to include the use of a five-year graduation rate.
- Requires that at least 10 percent of the school grade must be based upon at least one measurable indicator of school quality or student access that may include, but not be limited to, student engagement, educator engagement, student access to and completion of advanced coursework, postsecondary readiness, school climate and safety, student attendance, or student persistence.