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Time for public input on FCAT science achievement levels

Given all the interest in the FCAT these days, we thought we'd quickly point out that the Florida Department of Education is seeking input on how to set the achievement levels for the FCAT 2.0 science exams. You know, the scores that students must make on the test to get Level 1 through Level 5.

This is part of the process that brought Florida the current testing mess that has Florida Department of Education leaders scrambling to convince many parents that the system isn't broken.

You might recall the lengthy, contentious arguments over new "ALD's" for math and reading, with superintendents roundly criticizing the department as it moved to increase passing scores beyond what the local educators thought justified. Then came the results, which the department again tried to defend in part by changing the way it reported the scores. (That's not to mention what happened with the writing FCAT.)

If you're so inclined to enter the conversation, the state is taking comments on the science achievement levels through June 21. Then we'll just have to wait and see what the department decides to do about them.

[Last modified: Monday, May 28, 2012 9:46am]


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