By Kristin Whitaker
Representative Manny Diaz filed HB 773 last Friday and Senator Flores filed an identical bill on Tuesday, February 14th. Below are the key points of this bill.
- Provide teachers with more time to teach and minimize disruption to student and school schedules by moving the state assessment to the last three weeks of school.
- Provide teachers with the results of the state assessment for their current and incoming students to help them tailor their instruction.
- Provide teachers with the results of the local formative assessments within one week to help them tailor their instruction.
- Require easy-to-understand, parent-friendly score reports that include:
- A clear explanation of the student’s performance.
- Information on the student’s areas of strengths and areas for improvement.
- Specific actions and resources to assist parents.
- Longitudinal information, if available.
- Require the Commissioner of Education to conduct an independent review of the SAT, ACT or other nationally-recognized assessment to determine their level of alignment with the Florida standards, in case the state considers using one of these tests in the future.
- With the next contract of state assessments, require the Department of Education to make achievement level 3 means that a student is proficient and able to succeed in the next grade.