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Group recommends a 3.5 as passing score on FCAT writing



Because you love reactor panels and so do we: A 19-person panel met this week and recommended that the state set a 3.5 out of 6 as the new passing score on the FCAT writing, according to the state Department of Education.

Writing scores, you'll remember, dropped dramatically this year after the state bumped up the passing score to a 4 and imposed stricter grading standards. (See stories here and here.) The panel, which included a student, teachers, a parent, superintendents, business leaders and college professors, met Tuesday to consider test design and scoring, anchor sets and impact data. (A spokeswoman for the department said today that the notes from that meeting are still being compiled. I'll post those as soon as I get them.)

The panel's recommendation will go to the state Board of Education for consideration this fall. Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson also will provide his own recommendation to the board.

A list of participants is attached below.

[Last modified: Thursday, July 26, 2012 4:22pm]


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