FCAT

Teachers’ union not settling for salary decision

Teachers’ union not settling for salary decision

Weeks after the Santa Rosa County School Board sided with Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick over the teachers’ union in salary negotiations, some teachers and union leaders are not dropping the issue. They appeared before the school board to make arguments during a public forum Sept. 7. In mid-August the school board voted unanimously to offer the […]

Testing creates accountability in schools

Testing creates accountability in schools

Navarre High School Principal Brian Noack gives a simple answer in regards to his thoughts on the number of tests students take each year. “I believe without a doubt that students are over-tested,” Noack said. Noack has no problem with tests being done in the schools. He understands the purpose behind them. “As an educator […]

District clears teacher in cheating complaint

District clears teacher in cheating complaint

The Santa Rosa County School District cleared a fourth-grade Holley-Navarre Intermediate School teacher following allegations she cheated during the FCAT test. In April, the office of the Inspector General received an anonymous complaint alleging Hilary Rivkind assisted her students on last year’s FCAT. Oscar Restrepo, director of investigations for the Florida Department of Education, sent a […]

Second wave of FCAT results

Second wave of FCAT results

The Florida Department of Education released FCAT results June 6 for Reading, Math and Science in grades four through 10. Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart recognized improvements for several counties in northwest Florida, including Santa Rosa. “I applaud teachers and school leaders for their focus on increasing student academic performance,” said Stewart. “As we transition […]

FCAT faces technology challenges

FCAT faces technology challenges

This week, public school students across the state are taking the very last FCAT, the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, before the state will fully implement the Florida Standards Common Core curriculum in the 2014-2015 school year. Bill Emerson, assistant superintendent for Santa Rosa County schools, said that each year, the state has been adding a […]

Getting pumped for FCAT

Getting pumped for FCAT

Navarre High School football players and cheerleaders were at Holley-Navarre Intermediate School Friday morning for a pep rally to get students pumped for the FCAT this week. The students had fun watching cheers, chants and dances all specifically designed to get them ready for a week of testing. Read more in the April 17 issue […]