Archive for June, 2012

FSBA Passes Resolution Against Overemphasis of High Stakes Testing

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Florida School Board Association Passes Resolution Against Overemphasis of High Stakes Testing On Wednesday afternoon, June 14th, 2012 the Florida School Board Association (FSBA) had its annual general meeting.  At this meeting a resolution against the overemphasis of high stakes testing was presented. This resolution is very similar to the one that is being considered […]

June 12th Meeting Update

June 12th Meeting Update “I want to thank all of you who attended, emails, prayed and spoke at Tuesday’s School Board meeting.  Your efforts went a long way.  The results is that Board members agreed to set the resolution for discussion and a vote at the July 10th meeting.  I encourage you if you are […]

Standardized High Stakes Testing: Where do you stand Thomas?

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Standardized High Stakes Testing: Where do you stand Thomas? On Tuesday, June 12th, 2012, the Citrus County School Board will consider adopting a resolution regarding opposing overemphasis on high-stakes testing. I felt it important prior to that meeting to be clear about my position on standardized high stakes testing. Wikipedia describes “standardized tests” as “… […]

Calling All Parents, Students and Community: What Do You Think About High Stakes Testing?

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Calling All Parents, Students and Community: What Do You Think About High Stakes Testing? Please Come to Next Tuesday’s School Board Meeting on June 12th, 2012 If you have been following the newspaper recently you may be aware that the School Board has on the agenda for next Tuesday, June 12th, 2012, approximately 6:00pm, board […]

Washington Post: ABCs of The High School Challenge

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Washington Post: ABCs of The High School Challenge Last week we learned that all three of our high schools in Citrus County were recognized by the Washington Post as “outstanding high schools in America”. The Post identified a little over 1,900 public and private high schools in the U.S. with criteria that included participation and […]

Chronicle Column – Biance: Get out of my schoolhouse

Greg Biance has been a teacher in Citrus County for 28 years. He started at the Marine Science station and is currently teaching biology and biomed at Crystal River High School. He has worked as a naturalist in expedition travel and earned his master’s degree from Florida State University. He is a former district Teacher of the Year.

I was honored this past week to be mentioned in Crystal River High School science teacher Greg Biance’s column below. I wanted to also add a couple of additional details that are further worth mentioning. Pearson holds a $254 million FCAT testing contract with the state of Florida. Only 40% of teacher’s in Citrus County […]