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Taking time to count the test results

Florida high school students this spring are taking the state's Geometry I and Biology I end-of-course exams for the first time. The results will count as 30 percent of students' final grade.

In the future, students will have to pass the exam to earn credit for the courses.

In Texas, high school students also are taking a new test, called STAAR. It was to have counted as 15 percent of ninth-graders final grade. But Texas, where many districts are taking a stand against high-stakes testing, the state education agency granted a reprieve to any district that requested it.

They're allowing schools to get used to the test for a year before taking the next step of applying to student grades. Only seven districts didn't ask for the reprieve, the AP reports.

Anyone see Florida ever considering such a step? Is it a good idea to give extra time to get accustomed to the way a test works before counting it? Or is it better to jump right in?

[Last modified: Thursday, May 3, 2012 6:26am]


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