Florida, We Have a Problem

Here is a story that is red meat for those who have a powerful dislike for the education in this nation.  I found myself shaking my head as I read it.  Here is how it starts out:

The Board of Education decided in an emergency meeting Tuesday to lower the passing grade on the writing portion of Florida’s standardized test after preliminary results showed a drastic drop in student passing scores.

The results indicated only about a third of students would pass this year’s tougher Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test exam, compared with a passing rate of 80 percent or more last year.

“They’ve asked students to do more, but that’s pretty dramatic,” said Florida Education Association spokesman Mark Pudlow. “We need to examine what led to this, not just paper over the problem.”

Exasperating, frightening, and discouraging all at the same time. I honestly would love to create massive unemployment in the NEA, but that is just me.


Forgot the link to the story, fixed now.

About Matt Henry

Middle-aged pastor trying to figure out how to be missional in his world. Loves his wife, his children, and his dog Bear. I have a love of woodworking even though woodworking doesn't always love me. The name is xagete but is pronounced exegete.

Posted on May 17, 2012, in Politics and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Appalling! Yet the educational system is broken much like the political systemin our country is broken. I work in education and large suburban schools with large number of students per classroom have become unworkable. I favor accountability but accountability without proper assistance to achieve outcomes is fruitless. The spirit of No Child Left Behind was positive but the methods (and funding) for achieving it were not readily available. I have no answers. But lowering test scores isn’t the way.

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