Test cut scores: Education Commissioner Pam Stewart is defending her plan for Florida Standards Assessment test cut score proficiency levels, arguing that raising the levels as some are calling for is inconsistent with state law and would be confusing to parents and students. The State Board of Education will discuss the issue Friday and decide in January. Orlando Sentinel. Tampa Bay Times.
No Child bill passes: The U.S. House of Representatives passes an update of the No Child Left Behind Act, which scales back federal involvement in education and leaves it to states to decide how student scores will be used to assess teachers and schools. Associated Press. New York Times.
Teacher bonuses: The Florida Department of Education estimates 5,200 teachers are eligible for bonuses under the Best and Brightest Scholarship Program. But the original estimate was 4,200 teachers qualifying for the $10,000 bonus, so the bonuses would be pared down to $8,400. Orlando Sentinel.
Charter schools bill: A bill that would add accountability standards for charter schools but also make it easier for those schools to open is approved by a House subcommittee. A similar bill died in the last session. Miami Herald.