Florida Association for District School Superintendents

  • 2015 Legislative Platform

    Superintendents want Florida to lead the nation in K-12 education. We need legislation that will give us the financial resources and also remove the restrictive obstacles that hinder progress towards that end.

  • Email Pitfalls Course Added to FADSS' Online Risk Management Training Program

    Florida’s public sector has learned that the convenience of new technology communication can come with a cost. While a misspoken word might be denied or forgotten, an imprudent email is permanently recorded, often costing individuals their livelihood, their employers $millions, and both their reputations. FADSS now offers an online course to train staff to steer clear of this dangerous trend.

  • FADSS Online Risk Management Training Course Tackles Public Records Lawsuits

    Complying with Florida’s stringent public records law is a requirement that all district and school staff must take seriously to avoid fines, criminal charges and significant legal costs. FADSS now offers an online course that will prepare all staff to respond quickly and appropriately to any public records request.

  • Florida Education Investment Trust Fund

    The Florida Association of District School Superintendents and the Florida School Boards Association have created the Florida Education Investment Trust Fund (FEITF). Read more

Empowering Effective Teachers
Read more about our Empowering Effective Teaching program.
Common Core for District Staff
Learn more about
The Florida Standards
 for District Leaders


  • FADSS Board of Directors Meeting
    Date: December 2, 2015
    Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel, Tampa
  • FSBA/FADSS Joint Conference
    Date: December 2-4, 2015
    Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel, Tampa
  • FADSS Board of Directors Meeting
    Date: January 27, 2016
    Location: University Center Club
  • Winter Leadership Conference
    Date: January 27-29, 2016
    Location: University Center Club, Tallahassee
  • Institute for Administrative Assistants/Secretaries to Superintendents and/or School Boards
    Date: February 3-5, 2016
    Location: Renaissance Hotel, Tampa
  • Human Capital: From Transitional to Strategic Session III
    Date: February 2016
    Location: Renaissance Hotel, Tampa
  • Developing Superior Teams
    Date: March 2016
    Location: Eckerd Colleg, St. Petersburg
  • FSBA/FADSS Joint Conference
    Date: June 9-10, 2016
    Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel, Tampa
  • FADSS Board of Directors Meeting
    Date: TBD
    Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel, Tampa
  • FADSS Summer Board Planning Meeting
    Date: July 21-23, 2016
    Location: Palm Coast, Florida

Florida Superintendents Support Accountability  

News Articles of Interest  

Mom to governor: ‘Please buy my child a teacher’
The Washington Post, 11/16/15

 Don't 'force fit' Florida test cut scores to NAEP, superintendents urge State Board
Tampa Bay Times, 11/10/15

Carvalho: Too soon to align student performance on state, national tests
Politico, 11/9/15

Florida's new student standardized tests should only be baseline, not rating on schools, teachers
Bradenton Herald, 11/4/15

Former state lawmaker Tom Grady appointed to Florida Board of Education
Tampa Bay Times, 10/30/15

Florida Board of Education resists educator-parent pressure on test scores
Bradenton Herald, 10/29/15

Polk Teacher's Resignation Letter Hits a Nerve
WUSF, 10/29/15

Editorial: Testing advocates lack accountability
Gainesville Sun, 10/28/15

Superintendents in Florida Say Tests Failed State’s Schools, Not Vice Versa
New York Times, 10/26/15

District joins call for reform of state education standards
Holmes County Times Advertiser, 10/21/15

Editorial: Ignoring all the education experts
Ocala Star Banner, 10/20/15

My View: Time to focus on teaching, not testing
Pamela S. Goodman, Citrus County Chronicle, 10/19/15

GUEST COLUMN: Okaloosa County’s voice needs to be heard in Tallahassee
Okaloosa Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson
Northwest Florida Daily News, 10/18/15

Serious flaws in measuring our schools
Pensacola News Journal, 10/11/15

Superintendents support fair, accurate school accountability system
My View, Sen. Bill Montford
Tallahassee Democrat, 10/10/15

(Alachua County Schools Superintendent) Roberts urges parents unhappy with FSA tests to make concerns known
Gainesville Sun, 10/7/15

Local superintendents question FSA results
Pensacola News Journal, 10/7/15

Bay District officials discount test score data, continue FSA criticism
News-Herald, 10/6/15

On new public education policy and testing, Florida's state leaders fail again
Editorial, Bradenton Herald, 10/4/15

Dockery: Parents have little say in education
Florida Today, 10/3/15

Big trouble in Florida schools — and it’s not a hurricane
The Washington Post, 10/1/15

Blackburn: No faith in school accountability system
Florida Today Letter to the Editor

Dr. Desmond Blackburn, Brevard Public Schools superintendent, 10/2/15

Penalties from FSA scores should take one-year hiatus: Editorial
Orlando Sentinel
, 10/2/15

Editorial: Superintendents are right to protest botched statewide test
Palm Beach Post, 10/1/15

Isn’t it time to listen to school superintendents, teachers and parents?
Paula Dockery, Guest Columnist
Tampa Tribune, 10/1/15

Florida superintendents offer proposed bill language on accountability
Tampa Bay Times, 10/1/15

Editorial: Confidence lost in testing system
Gainesville Sun, 9/30/15

Editorial: Review Florida’s high-stakes school accountability system
Tampa Tribune, 9/30/15

Florida PTA: Loss of faith in school accountability must be rectified
Tampa Bay Times, 9/30/15

Superintendents right to distrust test scores
Sun-Sentinel, 9/29/15

State fails its own school districts
Miami Herald Editorial, 9/28/15
...Their assessment system has lost all credibility with the public and cannot succeed unless its glaring flaws are corrected. Without changes, it’s only going to get worse."

The test has failed
Ocala Banner Editorial, 9/27/15

Florida superintendents revolt: We have ‘lost confidence’ in state’s school accountability system
Washington Post, 9/26/15

Superintendents, teachers push state to suspend accountability system
PoliticoFlorida, 9/25/15

Issue 'incomplete' school grades for 2015, Fl superintendents say

Orlando Sentinel, 9/25/15 

Fla superintendents: We’ve lost confidence in school grade system
Palm Beach Post
, 9/25/15

For Florida superintendents, patience wears thin on school testing problems
Tampa Bay Times, 9/25/15

"The superintendents are united. They are of one opinion, that is they support high standards and high levels of accountability. But they see deterioration of the accountability system," state Sen. Bill Montford, chief executive officer of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents, said Thursday.

Florida accountability laws need 'total rewrite,' Pasco superintendent says
Tampa Bay Times, 9/18/15

"Whether real or perceived, school administrators, district school leaders and, more important, parents and students are not going to have any trust in this assessment system until these issues are fully vetted," Browning told the Gradebook. "The political reality of it is, until people trust the process, until people trust the assessment, we're going to keep having these issues."

Lawmakers say DOE put spin on test study results
Sarasota Herald Tribune, 9/18/15

Editorial: Florida's student tests deserve an F
Tampa Bay Times, 9/2/15

DOE: Review confirms FSA is valid
Pensacola News Journal, 9/2/15


Platinum Partners

CenergisticCrowne Consulting GroupCurriculum AssociatesImagine LearningIstationNorthwest Evaluation AssociationRandaScholasticsodexoStudies WeeklyTriumph Learning