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Commissioner Gerard Robinson explains FCAT cut score recommendations



Florida's students and schools can handle tougher FCAT passing scores, education commissioner Gerard Robinson told reporters during a Thursday morning conference call.

“I’m confident the students and schools will rise to the challenge,” Robinson said 12 hours after releasing his recommended cut scores, which conflict with what many educators have supported for high school reading. He said the new, higher high school score “raises a new standard for a new Florida and a new era.”

Robinson rejected the notion that politics drove his proposal to increase high school reading passing scores two points higher than what several panels backed. "Just because people don't reach the same agreement in no way means there is political disagreement," Robinson said, stating that his recommendations are academically sound and based in data.

See our story for more on the FCAT scoring debate. 

[Last modified: Thursday, December 8, 2011 11:08am]


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