Attachment: Letter to FSBA President.pdf
Attachment: Letter to Florida School Board Chairs.pdf
Mr. Barbieri mentioned to the Board that we were the first district to pass the Hi Stakes Resolution and yesterday Martin County passed the same resolution we passed and Broward County has it on their agenda for their 5/15/12 Meeting. Would like Board to consider a letter to FSBA to approve a resolution similar to this by other districts. Also consider if ok to send other districts (66 Board Chairs) in supporting similar resolution.
Everyone agrees to go through with the resolution being sent to FSBA and other districts.
Mr. Shaw - agreed. Mixed review from other states because of politics but we need to move forward because we owe it to the community and I think they will most likely do it.
Ms. Brill - very prudent to send letter to all school districts and support it. Yesterday received e-mail from Judge Rick Roach, Board Member in Orange County with video attached of students giving perspectives on how they feel about FCAT. Spoke to other school board member, feels we need to cover basis and not put it in hands of FSBA, we need to reach out.
Mr. Barbieri - said he spoke to Rick Roach as well in Orange County may come through. Bill Sublette is opposed to it but it may come through.
Dr. Benaim - vigorously against hi stakes testing used in State.
Ms. Brown - feels there is over emphasis in testing of FCAT, assure that after passing resolution Superintendent will communicate to administrators and educators to help us do what we can to achieve it while we wait for the Governor and Legislative to act so that we can achieve that balance.
Mr. Gent - shared information briefly yesterday with Principals and will have follow up information during the 6/11/12 Principals' Academy to be distributed to PTA and SACS.
Ms. Andrews - glad we are taking lead. We need to get the word out there. Superintendent needs to let all know about this approach.
Dr. Robinson - wants us to have detailed conversations in hi stakes testing and education in general since evolution of hi stakes testing is important to review standards. Hope you have read "Test Punishment and Push Out". Supported resolution because it did not abandon standards, talked about multiple assessments. Need to have conversation, specially with Area Superintendents for pressure to come down from above to look good and not press teachers to teach benchmarks and students. Resolution is good but until is figured out in Tallhassee, we need to decompress schools so they can approach child. Engage in Hispanic Coalition, Coalition for African Americans. No sound bite allowed, too important. Other points have to be included as well.
Ms. Brill - visited a school this morning and spoke with Principal about Resolution and is important that we are not opposed to assessments used for proper purpose. There is a place for assessments and data. Using them for what they are meant to be used for.