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Did Rick Scott’s Chief of Staff Intervene and Prompt School Grade Changes?

Sun Setting on the FDOE

Asking the tough questions, a continued search for answears.

August 6, 2012

By: Bob Sikes – Scathing Purple Musings

Two of Florida’s top political reporters, Mary Ellen Klas and Steve Bousquet have a Sunday story highlighting some critical interventions of Rick Scott’s new chief of staff, Adam Hollingsworth. According to the two reporters, Hollingsworth had a hand in the DOE’s positive change in 213 school grades.

A week after Hollingsworth started his new job, school districts raised doubts about a new grading formula for the second time in months. Hollingsworth intervened, the Department of Education was forced to issue new grades for 213 schools and last week, Commissioner of Education Gerard Robinson resigned, citing family reasons.

Robinson’s Department of Education was forcedto change grades? And because Scott’s chief of staff told them to?

Oh my.

This is a far cry from the talking points the DOE advanced. Here’s the DOE’s July 20 press release which explained the changes:

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Gerard Robinson, BOE Member Offer Self-Contradictory Defense of FCAT and the State’s Accountabilty System

FCAT.Apology Tour

July 20, 2012

By Bob Sikes – Scathing Purple Musings

So Gerard Robinson’s FCAT Apology Tour continued yesterday in Fort Lauderdale. This time, he brought back-up in the form of Board of Education member Barbara Feingold. Different town, same show. From the Sun Sentinel’s Scott Travis:

Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson remained upbeat about ways to improve schools as he spoke with about 50 parents, students, educators and other community members at a town hall at Broward College’s Fort Lauderdale tower.

Many voiced familiar complaints, such as instructors teaching to the test and too much weight being placed on a single test.

FCAT scores factor into everything from school grades to student promotion and graduation to teacher pay. School districts in Broward and Palm Beach counties are among a growing list of school systems that have passed resolutions opposing high-stakes testing.

Jennifer Pettit, 17, a student at College Academy high school in Davie, complained that the FCAT preparation cuts too much into class time.

“It’s very difficult to get through a full science week because of FCAT training,” she said. “And it’s not just science. It’s other classes, too.”

Robinson said the state doesn’t control how much time schools spend preparing students for the test.

“What we want is not teaching to the FCAT, but teaching to the standards that they need to learn,” he said. “This exam is a snapshot of how students are doing .”

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