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School grades won't come until review is finished



Amid all the hoopla over this year's FCAT results, several readers have asked when we should expect school grades to come out.

The Florida Department of Education doesn't plan to release those until after it has reviewed the concerns raised by some superintendents about inaccuracies, department spokesman Tom Butler tells the Gradebook.

"Our absolute first commitment is to ensure the complete accuracy of results, and we will not establish a release date for school grades until we have additional confirmation of accuracy from HumRRO’s review," Butler said. "However, keep in mind that we have the utmost confidence in our school grade calculation process and we will be ready to publish those results very shortly following the confirmation of accuracy from HumRRO"

Even while this is going on, parents are beginning to receive their children's individual scores. Butler said they should not worry that the reports are inaccurate.

"We have complete confidence in the scores and believe the public should as well," he said. "Multiple reviews by DOE and Pearson have taken place including the review of an independent testing expert, The Buros Institute, and all have confirmed the accuracy of the results. In fact, Buros has been reviewing our scoring and equating processes for a few years now and continues to confirm both accuracy and reliability."

That's the department's position. Are you feeling confident?

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 3:15pm]


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