Gov. Crist on the FCAT
Unlike his predecessor, who would invoke numbers and trends when weighing in on the test, former education commissioner and now Gov. Crist went the short and non-specific route. Almost sounds as if he could have said these words regardless of the results, which, you will see, he didn't mention at all. Here's the released statement:
"I continue to believe that strong reading skills lay the groundwork needed for success in school, in our economy and in life. That is why I believe a reading coach is needed in every school to ensure that teachers are equipped to help students read better.
"As more third graders perform at or above grade level in mathematics, we see evidence that holding schools accountable for student achievement improves student learning. The future is bright for these students. By building strong math skills early on, students have a better opportunity for success in a career path that focuses on math, such as science or engineering."
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