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Time to offer views on FCAT science, biology and geometry EOC cut scores



Florida education officials are hoping for less controversy this year as they propose passing scores for the FCAT fifth and eighth grade science tests, as well as the end-of-course exams in biology and geometry.

The Department of Education this week released proposed cut scores, based on input from teachers and then a reactor panel, which generally supported tougher passing scores. So far, there's been little hue and cry about the recommendations, unlike a year ago, when superintendents and other groups fought (unsuccessfully) against efforts to boost reading and math scores beyond what they saw as justified.

The State Board of Education ultimately adopted passing levels higher than even what initial reactor panels backed, and put them into immediate effect.

If the current proposed levels would have been in place for 2012 testing, just slightly more than half of students would have earned a 3 or better on each of the four exams.

If you're interested in having a say in the rule, your chance to speak out is coming. The DOE will have a public rule development workshop at 4:40 p.m. Oct. 15 at Jefferson High School in Tampa. (4401 West Cypress St.)

[Last modified: Friday, October 5, 2012 12:06pm]


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