today, Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran released Emergency Order
2021-EO-02 related to state mandated assessments, accountability, and
reporting. After months of advocacy by teachers, parents, students as well as the
School Board in accordance with Agenda Item H-23, proffered by Dr. Lubby
Navarro, and unanimously approved at its October 2020 meeting regarding waivers to sanctions
associated with high stakes testing, the Department of Education has released
an order by the Commissioner providing flexibility to Districts in addressing
high stakes accountability measures for students and schools in Spring 2021,
due to the challenges of COVID-19. The
emergency order, issued one week into the Miami-Dade testing window, addresses
graduation for current seniors; promotion and retention decisions; Bright
Future awards; school grades, school improvement ratings, and educator and
administrator evaluations, and school readiness and Voluntary Prekindergarten
Education Programs (VPK).
emergency order provides the following:
districts and schools flexibility to determine on a case-by-case basis if a
senior’s high school record demonstrates a comparable level of achievement to
state assessments, thereby allowing for graduation even in the absence of
qualifying test results.
districts local discretion to determine promotion and course grade decisions,
including courses that require end-of-course (EOC) exams.
high school seniors who are on track but have yet to earn a Bright Futures
Florida Academic Scholars, Florida Medallion Scholars, Florida Gold Seal
Vocational Scholars or Florida Gold Seal CAPE Scholars award additional time to
earn a qualifying test score by extending deadlines to December 1, 2021 for ACT
and/or SAT and the PERT for Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars.
purposes of Bright Futures, it forgives volunteer hour requirements for
students who intended to complete the service hours prior to graduation, but
through no fault of their own had a lack of access to volunteer opportunities.
and schools, that test 90% or more of eligible students, can opt-in, at their
discretion, on a case-by-case basis, to school grades or improvement ratings
for each individual school.
of learning gains for school grades will be based on growth from the 2018-2019
school year to the 2020-2021 school year, due to the cancellation of tests in
districts and schools not opting in, school grades and school improvement
ratings would not be automatically calculated and released for the 2020-2021
local districts to make decisions regarding the optional use of VAM data as
part of the “performance of students” component in a teacher’s evaluation.
permission for early learning coalitions to use unspent funds, which would
otherwise normally exceed the statutory thresholds allowed for non-direct
services, to be utilized as long as these funds are used to provide direct
supports to early learning childcare providers.
VPK providers, especially school districts with shortened summer periods, to
provide no less than 200 hours of summer VPK, suspending the law requiring 300
gleaned from assessments are crucial to help identify students who may need academic
supports, help teachers tailor their instructional delivery to meet individual
student needs, and ensure equity in opportunity for closing achievement gaps.
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