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ARE THEY SMART, OR NOT? Florida 10th graders generally do poorly on the FCAT reading test. But they perform near the top of the nation's students on NAEP. Could it be because Florida's passing score is too high? Times education reporters Letitia Stein and Tom Tobin explore the concept.

GIVE US ANOTHER TEST, PLEASE: In most conversations, teachers don't have pleasant things to say about the FCAT. But when they want some love for their subject areas, they increasingly call for an addition to the annual exam. First it was music educators. Now it's social studies teachers, the Palm Beach Post reports.

FAMU-FSU FEUD: A recent commentary about troubled FAMU by a top Florida State administrator has made things more tense between the two Tallahassee campuses, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

IS HANDWRITING DOOMED? We text. We e-mail. Just 15 percent of the kids taking the SAT used cursive on the essay portion. A recent survey by Vanderbilt University found teachers spend fewer than 10 per week on the subject. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune looks at whether it's the communication, or the form, that matters most.

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