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FLDOE issues new SAT and ACT replacement scores for FCAT graduation requirement



Florida's high school juniors don't have to wait any longer to learn whether their ACT and SAT scores are good enough to qualify as a graduation requirement. The state Department of Education on Thursday released new concordant scores for those two national exams, tied to what is considered a passing mark on the FCAT 2.0 reading test.

A student may use an ACT score of 19 or an SAT score of 430.

There had been much consternation in the high schools in recent months as the state did not calculate the ACT and SAT scores that would be considered equivalent to passing the FCAT 2.0, leaving thousands of juniors in the lurch as the next FCAT administration approached. Department officials said they did not expect to have the concordant scores until fall.

After the Times wrote about the controversy in mid-January, at least one key lawmaker called upon new education commissioner Tony Bennett to fix the problem quickly. Bennett shot off a memo to superintendents the same day saying a resolution was likely before the end of the month, and on Thursday he made good on that pledge.

See Bennett's latest memo to superintendents attached below. 

[Last modified: Thursday, January 31, 2013 6:38pm]


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