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Read About The Win For Disabled Students - Score At The Top - South Florida

Posted on Mar 27, 2017 11:47:30 AM

Prior to the day-before-yesterday, school districts could – and often did, with the concurrence of the courts – argue that they were fulfilling the "free appropriate public education" (FAPE) provision in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) if a non-mainstreamed student with a disability was making progress toward educational goals, however minimal that progress might be.

Topics: News, Public Schools, Special Needs, Educational-Consulting

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Topics: News, Public Schools, Special Needs, Educational-Consulting

A Controversy that Never Goes Away: Testing - Score At The Top

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 12:00:00 AM

 

Florida has been awash in standardized testing for years. For over a decade, the FCAT has reigned in public schools, and this year students will see FCAT’s replacement, created by AIR (American Institute for Research), a D.C.-based company that beat others out for the lucrative state testing contract.

Since No Child Left Behind became federal law, every state has been required to test every child every year in third through eighth grade in math and reading, plus once in high school. And districts have added tests in addition to state-mandated ones. For schools in Florida, state tests are tied to consequences for districts, schools and teachers as well as students. Districts are adding on benchmark, practice and interim tests, and that's how they get these multiplying and ballooning requirements. The Council of the Great City Schools found that students are taking 113 standardized tests in grades K through 12.

Topics: Public Schools, Test-Prep, Educational-Consulting

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Topics: Public Schools, Test-Prep, Educational-Consulting

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