There’s a new web tool for you, mom and dad, one that will help you understand what’s going on with Florida standards and assessments and your child. The Florida Department of Education (DOE) is launching a new web resource designed with you, the parent or guardian, in mind.
The new “Success Measures” website will show you how changes to Florida’s standards and assessments in the months and years to come will impact your child. The most important tool on the site is the newly created “Success Measures Pathway Tool” which will give you and your child a personalized report telling you what’s being taught and what’s being tested in our classrooms on a student-by-student basis.
In announcing the new website, Education Commissioner Eric J. Smith said that “providing a user-friendly resource that allows our parents and students to understand Florida’s curriculum standards and assessments is critical to our efforts to make them more informed about their schools.”
And Smith stressed that “as we move forward with national standards in our classrooms, this new tool will help us to better work with parents to prepare our children for their continued educational achievement and future workforce success.”
In using the Success Measures Pathway Tool, what you do is submit the school year, grade level, and the anticipated courses your child will be taking. With this little bit of basic info, the Pathway Tool will generate a brief report showing how the assessments are aligned with the courses selected. And it will give you a rather thorough listing of the content covered on those assessments.
Right now, this website focuses on student assessments such as the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT), FCAT 2.0, and End-of-Course assessments. In the future, the Success Measures site will take all Florida assessments into account including postsecondary readiness and certification exams. So check out this new tool at www.fldoe.org/SuccessMeasures. Have fun with it! Hope you find it to be helpful.
We’re starting something new on the Education Channel, Comcast cable 99, beginning tomorrow. We’re airing what we are calling our Saturday Specials. We’ll begin at 5 p.m. with a replay of the 2011 High School Scholar Bowl. At 7 p.m., we’ll air a rebroadcast of the 2011 Collier County Spelling Bee, to be followed at 9:30 by the 2011 Collier County Optimist Club Youth Appreciation Program. We feel these special shows give us even more of a chance to feature our outstanding students.