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FCAT cut scores to change



In case you missed it, Florida is midway through changing its standardized testing yet again. It's FCAT 2.0 for the younger grades, and end of course exams for the high school set.

To keep everything fluid, in addition to implementing new exams, the state also is revising its passing scores for each as well. They'll be generally higher than before -- that's the demand for rigor -- and especially for algebra, they'll take a while to achieve an acceptable passing rate.

They are scheduled to take effect this academic year. You still can have a say on the outcome.

"The next step in the process is to circulate this draft rule and collect public feedback through in-person workshops and our website. Our goal is to bring a final rule to the SBE for their consideration during their December board meeting," education commissioner Gerard Robinson said in a written statement. "Florida has long held itself up as a state of high standards and expectations for our children, and our actions over the past decade to raise the bar for the performance of our schools has resulted in significant progress for our students. Once established, these new cut scores will represent the next great step in our journey to create a model education system for our nation."

Submit your comments to the Department of Education here.

[Last modified: Monday, October 10, 2011 12:02pm]


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