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AN FCAT TEST FOR YOU: It's the test's 10th anniversary, and we've crafted a small multiple choice exam to see what you really know about the test that causes so much divisiveness and angst.

FCAT RESULTS WILL BE LATE: The state will release school grades and "adequate yearly progress" nearly a month later than usual this year, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

BLAME THAT ATLANTIC HIGH KID: Students no longer may have cell phones or electronic devices anywhere near the FCAT testing room because the sophomore snapped a picture of the exam with his cell phone and posted it on the web, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

FCAT DOUBLE WHAMMY: Kids who don't speak English well still have to take the exam. Lee County schools aim to help them, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

ON THE BUBBLE: Pompano Beach Elementary has earned a B grade from the state, but it has yet to make AYP. The school tries to reverse that trend, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

INCENTIVE TO PASS: If students do well on the FCAT, they can get out of taking remedial reading, opening the door to more fun electives, the Herald-Tribune reports.

And now for the non-FCAT news. ...

MORE VOUCHERS: Florida lawmakers have proposed expanding the number of children who receive vouchers to private schools, something the Florida Education Association is denouncing, the Bradenton Herald reports.

FEWER AND SIMPLER: The state's new science standards make it easier for students with severely disabilities to follow the general curriculum while remaining rigorous and relevant at their level, the Palm Beach Post reports.

"IT'S THE BEST JOB IN AMERICA": Education commissioner Eric J. Smith gives a short interview to the Charlotte Observer.

LOOMING ESOL CUTS: With one of seven students learning English as a second language, some South Florida educators worry about a plan to scale back ESOL training for reading specialists, the Miami Herald reports.

BUDGET BLOW: Leon superintendent Jackie Pons will recommend dipping into reserves to make the district budget work, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:36am]


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