Board members speak from the same page in FCAT writing "emergency"
As the story about Florida's plummeting FCAT writing scores emerged on Monday, we contacted several members of the Florida Board of Education to learn their thoughts about the steep drop and commissioner Gerard Robinson's proposed relief.
Board member Akshay Desai of Pinellas County e-mailed us this comment:
"There was a huge impact when the number of scorers and their options changed. In 2011, there was only one scorer and the scoring choices were even numbers 1 through 6. Last year, our board became worried about the cutback to just one scorer.
"Happily, the legislature now supports two scorers, with greater differentiation using half-point differences. I think a cut score for the 2012 test at 3.5 is a fair reflection of our students’ abilities, and I'll probably support the Commissioner's recommendation."
What makes his statement interesting is that board member John Padget of Monroe County e-mailed us the exact same statement. More notably, Padget then sent another e-mail seeking to withdraw that comment.
"I'm still looking at this, and awaiting further information," he wrote.
All the board members are expected to weigh in during a conference call session at 10:30 a.m.