Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Airman Returning Home from Deployment to Surprise Son
Land O’ Lakes, FL – (March 3, 2015) – Andrew Beck is returning to the United States from a one-year tour of duty in Korea on Wednesday, March 4, and will surprise his son, Andrew “Deuce” Beck, Jr., at Seven Springs Elementary School at noon.
Deuce’s mom, Jillian Beck, has arranged with SSES principal Vicki Garner and his third grade teacher, Vicki Albrizzi, for the Air Force tech sergeant to make a surprise appearance in front of Deuce’s classmates.
Seven Springs Elementary School is located at 8025 Mitchell Ranch Rd., in New Port Richey. Media can park in the parking lot in front of the school and enter through the main gate to the front office. If you call ahead, the school can reserve a space.
Lightning to Strike Cypress Elementary
Who: Cypress Elementary School, All Sports Arena, and Tampa Bay Lightning alumni
What: Hockey clinic
When: 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 10
Where: Cypress Elementary School covered PE shelter, 10055 Sweet Bay Ct., New Port Richey
Why: To teach students hockey skills.
How: All Sports Arena is one of Cypress Elementary School’s business partners. All Sports has partnered with the Lightning to bring several of the team’s alumni to the school to provide students with engaging and interactive instruction throughout the day. For more information contact Deborah Burd, 727-774-4500.
CONTACT: Linda Cobbe or Spencer Pylant
Communications & Government Relations
(813)794-2717, (813)361-8349 or (813)794-2259, (813)388-0020
Pasco Superintendent Suspends Tuesday’s FSA Computer-Based Testing
Land O’ Lakes, FL – (March 2, 2015) – Pasco County Superintendent Kurt Browning has suspended Tuesday’s administration of the computer-based Florida Standards Assessment in English language arts
In a recorded message to 8th through 10th grade parents, Browning said, “After talking with the Florida Commissioner of Education this afternoon, I am not confident that the state’s testing company can correct problems with their system in time for tomorrow’s test-takers. I do not want any more students to have questions about the validity of their answers due to problems with the state’s online testing system.”
The decision was made to suspend the online testing so that schools and parents would be aware before school starts tomorrow. The state assured superintendents that AIR will work through the night to resolve issues students and teachers experienced today, but the possibility that a resolution would not materialize prior to the first bell on Tuesday prompted the superintendent’s action.
Although most schools did not experience significant problems today, some teachers had issues signing on to the AIR testing platform to begin their testing session, preventing student access to the test. Some students who successfully launched the exam were kicked off in the middle of their test and lost their test information. Other students who were kicked off while testing were able to log back in the state’s testing platform to retrieve their answers. In some cases, students received an error message that could not be explained.
Grades 4 through 7 paper-and-pencil testing and regular instruction will continue on Tuesday.
“I am hopeful that the testing company fixes the problems we experienced today so that 8th through 10th graders can resume their computer-based exams on Wednesday,” the superintendent concluded.
Monday, March 02, 2015
Pasco County Schools FSA Testing Update
Land O’ Lakes, FL – (March 2, 2015) – Schools throughout Pasco County began the 8th through 10th grade computer-based Florida Standards Assessment in English language arts today, and most have not experienced significant problems.
Some teachers have had issues signing on to the AIR testing platform to begin their testing session, preventing students from being able to access the test. Some students who have successfully launched the exam have been kicked off in the middle of their test, and have lost their test information. Other students who have been kicked off while testing were able to retrieve their answers. In some cases, students have received an error message that cannot be explained.
The state has given school districts permission to suspend testing, but Pasco County has not suspended testing districtwide. If a school has experienced problems and has contacted the district’s Accountability, Research and Measurement Department, they have been told that they can postpone testing until tomorrow. At this time, we are aware of one school – Seven Springs Middle School – that has postponed the 8th grade exam until tomorrow.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Pasco Superintendent Details Concerns About FSA Testing
Land O’ Lakes, FL – (February 18, 2015) – Pasco Superintendent of Schools Kurt Browning today notified Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart of his concerns about Pasco’s schools’, teachers’, and students’ preparedness for computer-based standardized testing.
The letter was attached as an addendum to the state’s Readiness for Spring 2015 Computer-based Testing certification form, which also was accompanied by a spreadsheet detailing issues schools experienced during the district’s Feb. 12 load test.
“After performing a load test last week and assessing our overall readiness, the district is not comfortable certifying that we can administer the FSA without significant technological and logistical problems,” the superintendent wrote.
With concerns about administering the FSA on his mind, Superintendent Browning was encouraged by Governor Scott’s proposal to reduce testing requirements and this afternoon’s Florida Senate Education K-12 Committee’s workshop with educators on the same issue.
“It gives me hope that students’, parents’, teachers’, and school leaders’ voices are being heard by lawmakers and the governor, and I look forward to working with them to arrive at consensus on a solution that retains accountability while giving students and teachers some much-needed relief,” he said.
In addition to the executive order, the Senate committee’s openness to educators’ input on changes to testing and evaluation laws encouraged the superintendent that other concerns might be addressed.
“I am optimistic that the Governor and Legislature also will agree to use this year’s test results as a baseline for measuring student achievement prior to issuing school grades or using scores for calculating teacher and principal evaluations and pay,” said Browning.
Although the superintendent could not certify that all schools are ready for the spring FSA assessments, he assured the commissioner that the district will administer the tests.
To read the full letter click here, and click here to see the list of issues, causes, and resolutions experienced during the load test.