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Education commissioner takes issue with "false" rating from Politifact



Florida education commissioner Gerard Robinson is challenging a recent Politifact article that rates "False" his written statement that the FCAT tests "average two to three per student per school year and account for less than one percent of the instructional time provided during the year."

In a new blog post, Robinson argues that Politifact took his words out of context:

The context of my statement related to the minutes spent to take the exam in relation to the minimum required minutes of annual instruction in our public schools.  My statement was made in direct response to a claim that our students are wasting too much time “taking required tests.”

In this article, PolitiFact agreed that evidence provided to them by the Department of Education verified the accuracy of my statement when taken in this context. However, PolitiFact claims my statement was made to deflect criticism that too much time is spent 'teaching to the test.' If this were true, I would agree with PolitiFact’s conclusion. However, since PolitiFact misrepresents the context of my statement, I rate their finding as False.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 2:48pm]


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