M-DCPS SLASHES HUNDREDS OF END-OF-COURSE EXAMS
Miami-Dade County Public Schools has eliminated nearly all of the 300 District-Developed End-of-Course (DDEOC) assessments that were originally scheduled for Spring 2015. The move follows the passage of HB7069, a law that provides flexibility for districts to determine how to measure student progress, eliminating the state mandate for district-designated, end-of-course exams to be given in all courses not measured by existing statewide, standardized assessments.
"Today's announcement should come as welcomed news to everyone who recognizes that too much testing deprives our students of valuable instruction time," said Alberto M. Carvalho, Superintendent of Schools. "In making these decisions, we've taken a logical and responsible approach to address the concerns of students, teachers and parents."
The following actions have been taken:
The purpose of the field test is to determine the psychometric properties of the assessments, for administration in subsequent years. Such assessments would ensure that state-established course content was being delivered consistently across the District, and potentially as a measure of content-specific student achievement to inform teacher evaluation.
The following courses have been identified to be included in the field test:
Looking forward, plans call for several new exams to be field tested each year.