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New FCAT cut scores need more deliberation, education commissioner says



For the first time in a decade, the Florida Department of Education plans to revise its FCAT cut scores. The proposed new scores would be higher and more difficult to pass.

After several public hearings and conversations with a variety of interested parties, including teachers and parents, education commissioner Gerard Robinson wants more input before making a recommendation on the reading scores for grades 8-10.

"I just want to make sure I'm giving a board number of stakeholders the opportunity to have input," Robinson said in a conference call Wednesday afternoon. "We just want to widen this."

Robinson stressed that he is not withdrawing the proposed cut scores that already have been reviewed. He would not say whether he might want to increase or decrease them, adding only that he wanted to have additional discussions based on new data that he recently had received.

"Careful deliberation is important," Robinson said.

He planned to have his full recommendation to the State Board of Education in time for its December meeting. He said he would recommend the reading cut scores for grades 3-7 and all the proposed math cut scores as presented initially. Stay tuned.

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 4:21pm]


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