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FDOE focuses on hike in ACT takers, not dropping scores



Florida Department of Education officials reacted to the 2007 report of ACT test takers by emphasizing the good news (more high schoolers than ever are taking the standardized test) and downplaying the bad news (the average scores are dropping, and suggest Florida college-bound students aren't ready for the curriculum they'll face on campus).

In a press release issued Tuesday night but dated today, interim Education Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg had this to say:

“I am pleased to see such a large increase in the number of students taking the ACT; demonstrating that more students are aspiring to pursue higher education. However, we must continue our focus on preparing students for their next level of education by increasing the rigor of high school coursework and encouraging students to take higher level classes.”

Blomberg also pointed out Florida's growth in test takers (23 percent) outpaces the national rate of 8 percent. And Florida has larger percentages of minority students taking the ACT than the national average. Minority students represent 51 percent of this year’s test takers, compared to 31 percent nationally. During 2007, African Americans represented 23 percent of the Florida test takers, compared to 13.5 percent nationwide. Hispanic students comprised 19 percent of Florida test takers, compared to 8 percent nationally.

Read the rest of the press release here:

To view Florida's ACT report, go here:

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:21am]


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