Tougher FCAT may hit Pinellas schools hard
Critics have been saying for weeks that the move to a tougher FCAT will be bad news for schools around the state. This afternoon, the Pinellas school board got a sense of how bad it could be. If the new standards were applied to last year’s FCAT results, 74 schools would have had double-digit decreases in the percentage of students passing the reading test, according to a district analysis presented to the board at a workshop. Eighty-one would have seen similar results with the math test, including 27 that would have plummeted by 20 or more percentage points. “This is not a prediction … but that’s a pretty good indicator,” said Superintendent John Stewart. “It’s a good warning sign to everyone.” Story here. The district's school-by-school analysis of potential impact is attached below (click on comments first).