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FCAT penalties 'certainly appropriate,' House education panel chair says



4399 As Florida's FCAT results finally arrived Tuesday, the chairman of the state House Education Policy Council made clear that the release did not mark the end of the story.

State Rep. Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, told the Gradebook that he expected his panel to conduct hearings about the scoring problems and how to prevent them in the future.

He called the delay's negative effects on schools and students unacceptable, and said the millions in fines assessed against test maker NCS Pearson are "certainly appropriate." He added that he has begun looking into whether there was any inappropriate activity in the contract procurement process, as some have alleged.

"We are clearly frustrated," Weatherford said. "We hold our schools accountable and our students accountable and our teachers accountable. We should hold Pearson accountable as well." 

Weatherford faces a re-election challenge this fall. It has not been established whether he will continue to head the council for certain, although if he wins re-election the likelihood is high.


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