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May 31, 2007

Tom Butler
(850) 245-0413

Department of Education to Hold Initial FCAT External Advisory Group Meeting In Orlando

The Department of Education tomorrow will hold the initial Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) External Advisory Group meeting in Orlando to discuss the rescoring of the 2006 third grade reading FCAT and the creation of an annual, independent review of FCAT results.

Attendees of the meeting represent education stakeholder groups throughout the state, including school district superintendents, school district administrators, district assessment coordinators, DOE officials, and education association representatives.

Attendees include:

DOE Officials:

  • Florida Education Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg
  • Deputy Commissioner of Accountability, Research and Measurement Jay Pfeiffer
  • Office of Assessment and School Performance Administrator Dr. Cornelia Orr
  • Program Director of K-12 Assessment Section Kris Ellington
  • Office of Evaluation and Reporting Director Juan Copa

School District Superintendents:

  • Mary Ellen Elia, Hillsborough County
  • Buddy Vickers, Gilchrist County
  • Dennis Bennett, Dixie County
  • Fredric Ward, Lafayette County
  • Bill Vogel, Seminole County
  • Ron Blocker, Orange County

School District Administrators:

  • Brenda Blackburn, Brevard County
  • Alberto Carvalho, Miami-Dade County

District Assessment Coordinators:

  • Nicki Junkins, Volusia County
  • Natalie Roca, Sarasota County
  • John Hildebrand (retired), Hillsborough County
  • Lee Baldwin, Orange County
  • Rhonda Borne, North East Florida Educational Consortium (NEFEC)
  • Owen Roberts, St. Lucie County


  • Dr. Robert Lange, Florida Coalition for Assessment Reform
  • Marshall Ogletree, Florida Education Association

The meeting will take place:

Friday, June 1, 2007
8:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn Select Orlando-International Airport
5750 T.G. Lee Blvd.
Orlando, Florida