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New FCAT cut scores unanimously adopted



The Florida Board of Education has unanimously adopted new higher FCAT cut scores at every grade level, including a score of 245 for tenth-grade reading. That score is higher than superintendents supported.

"I must insist on the record that we are all, as board members, continuing to raise the bar for all students ... including all the minorities," board member A.K. Desai said. "We are not going to be falling for any soft bigotry of low expectations."

Board member John Padget noted that students will have more than one opportunity to pass the 10th grade reading test even with the higher score.

"It's up to everybody to help them recover and be able to graduate," Padget said.

No one from the public commented during the conference call meeting. The new scores take effect with the spring FCAT administration. Story here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 6:25am]


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