Perhaps lost in the flurry of concern about whether last year's FCAT was scored correctly is commissioner Jeanine Blomberg's comment that folks push to know the results too fast. "One of the things we are talking about is slowing down the reporting process," she told reporters the other day.
What does that mean in terms of getting this year's school grades and adequate yearly progress reports? Perhaps a delay. Yes, schools that perpetually have been in need of improvement might have to wait a bit longer to know whether they face another year of sanctions under No Child Left Behind. And yes, parents and students might not have as much time to sign up for choice, tutoring or other options. But accuracy matters most, DOE spokesman Tom Butler told the Gradebook.
"We are trying to target the release as closely to last year's time frame (June 22) as possible," Butler said. "The most important factor in this is that we get the right data. However long it needs to take, the commissioner is going to get that. We know there are a lot of concerned parties out there. But the most important part is the accuracy."