Broward School Board members and Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Superintendent Robert W. Runcie held a news conference
today, Tuesday, May 19, 2015, to provide students and families with information regarding the impact of legislative changes to the state’s accountability system on BCPS students.
Superintendent Runcie discussed the challenges resulting from the timing and availability of test results and now, the state’s ongoing investigation into the validity of the state assessments. The Superintendent announced the following response by BCPS to two major areas of concern:
Promotion of third grade students to fourth grade:
BCPS will not rely solely on the results from the English Language Arts (ELA) portion of the new Florida Standards Assessments (FSA), for purposes of identifying students at risk for retention. BCPS will utilize existing evidence and student measurements collected by teachers and schools regarding student performance to make informed decision regarding student promotions. Students who are in jeopardy of not being promoted to the fourth grade will be invited to attend summer school to receive intensive reading interventions.
“We recognize that our teachers have been with our students in the classroom all year long – working with them on a daily basis – and know their capabilities,” said Superintendent Runcie. “Throughout the school year, teachers and school administrators monitor student progress to identify those students needing additional support and interventions. Parents and guardians are informed of their child’s progress and reading proficiency levels. We must trust our education professionals based on their expertise and experiences with our students.”
The calculation of final grades for students who took the new End of Course (EOC) exams in Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II:
Due to the validation study by the state, scores for the Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II EOC exams will not be available by the end of the school year to include as 30 percent of students’ final course grades. Per direction from the Florida Department of Education, BCPS will move forward with calculating final grades without the EOC results.
When the EOC results for Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II become available, BCPS will recalculate student grades with the EOC counting as 30 percent of students’ final grades. If a student’s grade improves with the inclusion of the EOC score, the student’s transcript will be adjusted to reflect the highest grade earned. Students will not
be penalized if including the EOC (as 30 percent of the final grade) would result in a lower grade for the student.
“We appreciate our students, teachers and administrators for doing their best during this challenging transition year with the new Florida Standards and Assessments,” said Superintendent Runcie. “Our focus remains on doing what is right for students and families. Broward County Public Schools will continue to work with lawmakers in Tallahassee to ensure we provide the best education in the nation to the students sitting in our classrooms.”
To watch the video of today’s news conference, click here, or copy and paste the following link into your Web browser – http://browardschools.com/news-conference-videos.
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