FCAT panel to meet
These things are always subject to change, but, the advisory panel that's helping the Department of Education figure out the FCAT's future is slated to meet at 1 p.m. August 8 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, 9939 Universal Blvd. in Orlando. The last time the group met, it set up a subcommittee to investigate independent reviewers who might evaluate the annual exam in light of the 2006 scoring errors that raised concerns in the first place. The subcommittee should be reporting back to the full group.
USF professor Sherman Dorn also will join the proceedings for the first time, as the Gradebook told you yesterday. In his blog, Dorn took issue with our labeling him an "FCAT critic." He says he's just a critic of the way the test gets used. Apparently, he's also a critic of the photo of him we used, one that, by the way, we took from his web site. Dorn offered up a "Simpsonization" of himself instead, which the Gradebook gladly prints to the left if for no other reason than to direct you to the cool web site where you, too, can have yourself "Simpsonized."