The St. Johns County School District will inspire good character and a passion for lifelong learning in all students, creating educated and caring contributors to the world.
Superintendent's Report 3-26-15
An Open Letter on Assessment to St. Johns County School District Parents
The purpose of this letter is to update you on where we are on assessments, and accountability, both from a state and local perspective. There has been so much focus on this in the media and in our schools. Many of the stories circulating in the press right now have to do with problems administering the computer-based format of the state writing assessment.
Assessment in general is not a bad thing as it allows us to accurately measure the progress of students, schools and school districts. I firmly believe that assessments provide our children the opportunity to celebrate their learning, plain and simple. Not only is it useful when applied appropriately, it has allowed our community to quantify the excellence in our school district.
That said, assessment can, and has been, overdone especially in the elementary grades. Compounding the issue is the simultaneous implementation of the new Florida Standards Assessments (FSAs) and District Determined Assessments/End-of-Course Exams (DDAs/EOC) both of which are required by state law, to be implemented this year. Currently 81 percent of the assessments listed on our testing calendar have a direct link to state statute.