More FCAT flubs out there?
The Florida Department of Education says it only got one FCAT wrong. But many school administrators don't believe it. An Internet poll conducted by the Florida Association of School Administrators this week found widespread scepticism about the accuracy of FCAT scores and a strong belief that other mistakes were made and not reported. The unscientific-but-still-worth-noting poll asked: Given that mistakes were made in last year's FCAT scores, "Does that make you question all the FCAT scores under Governor Bush?" Of 361 respondents, 45 percent said "somewhat" and 44 percent said "a lot." (The rest said "not at all.") On the next question - "Do you believe other mistakes were made and not reported?" - 50 percent said "somewhat" and 41 percent said "a lot."
The FASA survey comes in the wake of DOE's disclosure that the scores on last year's third-grade reading test were inflated due to human error. Prompted by the mistake, DOE officials said they reviewed all the other FCATs this year and last year and found no other problems. FASA also asked, "Do you believe Gov. Charlie Crist will now report fairly on how mistakes were made and who made them?" On that one, 58 percent said "somewhat" and 24 percent said "a lot."