High school junior shares downsides of FCAT
Marissa Shearer of Tampa writes a letter on ItsYourTimes.com asking why the state grades her school based upon the FCAT. Once students learn the science portion doesn't affect their personal grade --only the school's -- they don't show up or don't take the test seriously, she writes.
"With these negative factors, why would they still enforce this method of grading our school system? I feel that this affects me directly, as my school could possibly have a lower grade for my college to look at, and indirectly, through the cost that the state pays to administer these tests," Marissa writes.