Florida Dep. of Edu Doesn’t Care About Education

board-413157_960_720Every school board in Florida is experiencing teacher shortage. The reasons are many, but for the most part it is not because teachers are underpaid and hardly appreciated. The reason we are having teacher shortage is the fact that the new Florida Department of Education teacher certification test fails 50% of new teachers. The new teaching certification test is created to be “rigorous”, which means that it is created unreasonably hard, it doesn’t test what it means to test, but Pearson and the FDOE get to make millions on test fees for takes and retakes.

As a Florida parent, I admire the pursuit of “rigor” in the classroom. I want my kids teachers to be knowledgable and up to par. However, instead of providing our kids with best teachers our kids are now going to be in the hands of substitutes, who don’t need to have any certification. The lack of permanent teacher alone will create chaos in classrooms and disrupt education. How can Florida Department of Education say that they care about education if this is the outcome of their actions? This is the worst possible scenario.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-ed-teacher-shortage-harms-florida-20170228-story.html

Florida Hands Over $4.47 Billion/year to Foreign Curriculum Company

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“Pearson is said to control 80 percent of the public school curriculum in the U.S. and claims to be the global leader. Pearson PLC’s yearly revenues reported in August 2016 said to be as large as $4.47 billion. Of greatest concern is that Pearson is a multinational corporation based in England. It has its primary listing on the British stock exchange and a secondary listing on the NYSE.”

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Florida Teachers Testing Fiasco

teacher-1280966_960_720Florida Teachers Failing General Knowledge Exam; How?

You don’t have to look for the “Weird Florida” guide at Books-a-Million to hear something super messed up about Florida on daily basis. Here is one. Florida Department of Education has hired the super over-paid Pearson (read: over $200 million contract; British curriculum company) to create teacher examination tests. Now we all know how good Person is at making tests. Just look at kids’ test scores, the wording of their exams and the strange 5 answer questions. You have to see it to believe it. Pearson not only speaks foreign language to our students, but now they have succeeded to design a General Knowledge Test that has a teacher passing rate of 58%. Wow. How?

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Out of teachers that took the general knowledge math exam, 6027 of them failed. How  can this test be a valid assessment tool with such low passing rate. Again, all takers are university graduates.

How is Florida Teacher Exam having a lower passing rate than the Bar Exam?
How? How are teachers like Kaitlyn Frank, graduates of the University of South Florida failing these tests? The University of South Florida is one of the best state schools. Their education department is excellent. How is it that their graduate cannot pass a General Knowledge Test?
How can a 13 year teacher veteran not be able to pass the General Knowledge Exam?

What kind of general knowledge are we testing that a university graduate and/or cannot pass?
Now none of this makes sense, except it does. All people who are familiar with the Florida Department of Education and Pearson testing know that they make $200 per every exam and retake. That is a lot of extra money for retakes. If you want to view your test, you have to pay them on average $100 to do so. Just like Pearson is paid on average $50.00 for every test Florida student takes, they are paid for retakes and hold backs. Sadly, all your answers are: money.

If the General Knowledge Test requires teachers to pass all 4 sections to keep their certification, and one of the sections has a failing rate of 43%, then 43% of all teachers that need this exam are unable to keep their job. It took one teacher six times to pass a test. Dear God. That is $1200,00 just to keep working. Not sure if she passed.

Anyhow, Florida doesn’t treat their teachers any better than students. Eh, it is just money.
Got to love it.

If 43% of university graduates are failing Pearson’s General Knowledge Test, then we have to look at the test. As a curriculum writer, I can design a test that will ensure lower passing rates. How? I can write questions in a very confusing manner, as our British friends, and then not allow the test takers to view their results. Also, my questions do not have to be general knowledge, all I have to do is call them that. It’s easy. It would be unethical and it would work against American students and their teachers, but Person will make a lot of money. While the Florida Department of Education will surely not do anything at all.

P.S. – Most of Florida teachers were educated out of state.
Read:
http://www.abcactionnews.com/longform/florida-teachers-failing-frustrated-teacher-test-scores-not-improving-new-state-numbers-show

Mrs. Lena, M.Ed.