New FCAT cut scores don't apply to retakes
The Florida Board of Education's adoption of new FCAT cut scores raised questions even among guidance counselors who need to know the ins and outs better than just about anyone.
One counselor contacted the Gradebook expressing confusion. One key question he raised is whether the juniors and seniors retaking the FCAT would be subject to the new scores. State officials had said the new scores take effect immediately, but would that be fair to the students who started the testing process under old rules?
The FLDOE press office clarified for the Gradebook that no, retakers won't have to worry about new standards midstream: "The cut scores will be those that applied to the student when that student sat for the FCAT administration. So if a student took the FCAT in 2010-11, those cut scores would apply for the re-take. So the re-take would be the same as the test they originally took as a 10th grader. For example, if they took FCAT Reading the re-take would be FCAT Reading."