This is taken from the reformy Jebucation ExcelInEd website:
If we don't have a strong accountability system, then students from low-income families and students of color will not receive the instruction and resources needed to be successful.
ormer education chief of Florida, the testocrat who famously demanded that a dying child take the Big Standardized Test.
It's an illuminating quote. By "strong accountability system," she of course means high-stakes attached to the Big Standardized Test. Let me make a couple of observations.
1) If you already know that low-income families and students of color are the ones who need instruction and resources, what the heck do you need test results for? Seriously. Stewart is not saying, "Our legislators are poised with a big pile of resources, but they just have no idea where they're needed until we get those test results back!"
2) Florida's history tells us that BS Test results are not used to get instruction and resources to students who need them. BS Test scores are used to target public schools for takeover or to have a charter school open across the street or for resources to be drained so that privatizers can make a buck with an education-flavored product. Florida's history is filled with examples of fairly blatant segregation tolerated by powers that be (and which did not require test scores in order to be visible).
3) And, of course, "strong accountability system" in Florida has never meant accountability for legislators who failed to fully, equitably fund public education.
2021 is an excellent year to opt out, in Florida and across the country.