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Leon County School Superintendent Jackie Pons Sends Critical Issue Letter to Gov. Rick Scott

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Posted at 6:45 PM, May 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-15 18:45:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.(WTXL)- Leon County School Superintendent Jackie Pons sent a letter to Governor Rick Scott Thursday, asking for his support and leadership on three critical issues.

According to Superintendent Pons, the school district has experienced numerous issues with the administration of state assessments due to several computer glitches, including Thursday's end of course tests administered through PearsonAccess.

The school board was informed by the Florida Department of Education that scores for the Florida Standards Assessment in English Language Arts and Math won't be released until September of 2015.  Course grades will be calculated based upon data that is available and will be updated when results from the assessment is released.

Teacher evaluations will also be placed on hold which will affect teacher's performance pay.  Superintendent Pons requested an executive order to allow school districts to use local data rather than scores from any state assessment in order to complete teacher evaluations prior to the end of the 2015 school year and to suspend testing consequences for students, teachers, and schools, which includes school grades.