Letters to the Editor

September 3, 2014

More tests

Does anybody know the effects of the disastrous Senate Bill 736, the bill that requires teachers to be evaluated on high-stakes tests and calls for, but doesn’t fund, merit pay? It is finally coming due.

Does anybody know the effects of the disastrous Senate Bill 736, the bill that requires teachers to be evaluated on high-stakes tests and calls for, but doesn’t fund, merit pay? It is finally coming due.

We have had evaluations based on VAM scores, a complicated mathematical formula that ignores poverty.

The Department of Education admits that it is wrong more than a third of the time, and that teachers are being evaluated on kids they never taught. But the most insidious measure about to take effect is final exams for kindergartners.

That’s right, districts are going to have to spend substantial sums of money developing tests that cover every subject taught to 5-year-olds. This is what passes for a good idea in Tallahassee.

Chris Guerrieri, Jacksonville

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