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Florida superintendents love the state's proposed FCAT scoring changes



The Florida Association of District School Superintendents has wasted no time in jumping on board the state's plan to increase passing scores for the FCAT, saying the higher standards will better prepare Florida children for competition in jobs and college.

"I am confident that the concerns of Florida superintendents were clearly heard, thoroughly discussed, and the end result of this inclusive process is a solid recommendation for FCAT cut scores that raises the academic bar; which in the end is what superintendents have always supported," Okaloosa County Schools Superintendent Alexis Tibbetts said in a FADSS news release. 

"These new standards will surely bring increased challenges for Florida’s public schools; however Florida superintendents have always championed rigorous, academic standards that are defined and implemented through an inclusive, prudent and transparent process," association president Ron Blocker, Orange County superintendent, said in the same release. "These recommendations are the result of such a process."

A growing number of stories suggest that the new scores will lead to higher failure rates, at least in the beginning years, particularly as the state also changes curriculum standards and the tests themselves. Some teachers have posited that it's all just a design to make their evaluations, which now will hinge more than ever on student performance, look bad.

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[Last modified: Monday, October 17, 2011 2:12pm]


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