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FCAT audit complete, shows no problem, commissioner Smith reports



Florida education commissioner Eric J. Smith just reported to superintendents in a conference call that two outside FCAT audits revealed no material problems with the test.

"The FCAT test administered this last spring is one that mom and dad at home should have confidence in," Smith said.

That's despite concerns that several superintendents raised about  unusually low scores among fourth- and fifth-graders in reading.

Smith said the findings likely will result in several fewer A and B grades for schools in the state's grading system. He expected those scores to be released soon, perhaps as early as Friday.

The full results of the audits are to go on the FDOE website at 4 p.m. See more details in our story on


[Last modified: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 4:46pm]


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