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Concordant scores fix could come this month, Bennett tells superintendents



Florida education commissioner Tony Bennett has yet to make any public statements on the issue of lacking ACT and SAT concordant scores that this year's juniors could use to replace their FCAT graduation requirement.

But shortly after state Sen. John Legg called upon Bennett to fix the problem, the commissioner sent a memo to superintendents saying the matter would likely be resolved sooner than later.

"I want you to be the first to know that the DOE has been working diligently to establish concordant scores for the Grade 10 FCAT 2.0 Reading assessment. While the analysis process was originally expected to last much longer, the department has now received and is doing a final analysis of data from a statistically significant number of students who have taken both the state assessment and either the ACT or SAT," Bennett wrote in an email that superintendents received just before 5 p.m. on Jan 17. "For that reason, we anticipate being able to provide concordant scores much sooner than anticipated – possibly by the end of this month."

No additional information is yet available, including whether students who earned a score considered passing before the new levels are set will have to retake their exams. Stay tuned.

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 5:40pm]


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