Today Governor Scott and I met with Principal Couvillon of Fort Walton Beach High School to kick off our Education Listening Tour visit. Although the weather was less than desirable, the teachers and students were very excited and welcomed us to their school.
We met with approximately 20 teachers in two groups and discussed their thoughts on accountability. While they agree with measurement and accountability, they want to be sure it is as fair as possible.
They also expressed concern over the testing window and while they understand that it is necessary in order to have time to get all students on the computer for testing; they expressed frustration at having to get standards taught as much as six weeks before school is out.
After meeting with teachers, we visited an American government class where several students asked very thoughtful questions about education, funding, and jobs.