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Where are those FCAT scores?

Florida high school students — especially seniors — and teachers are beginning to bristle at the delayed release in this year's FCAT scores.

Graduation is at hand in Brevard County, for instance, and about 150 seniors still don't know whether they've passed. They'll get to walk across the stage with their classmates, Florida Today reports, but they'll receive a certificate of completion, and not the diploma they might have earned.

Longtime Flagler County high school teacher Jo Ann Nahirny suggests in a piece for the Daytona Beach News-Journal that something is wrong when it takes the state longer to grade the FCAT than it takes the College Board to score Advanced Placement exams.

"Why isn't Florida's scoring process even half as efficient? The Department of Education has been administering the FCAT writing test for a decade. What's the problem?" Nahirny writes. "Is it the sheer number of students taking the exam which makes scoring so overwhelming? Or is it the folks reading the essays who just aren't up to snuff?"

The Florida Department of Education has told schools they'll get about a week's notice before scores are to arrive, and the press office has told the Gradebook that reporters will know a couple of days advance in order to prepare. So far, no one has gotten that official word.

Some school officials have received their log-on information to download the scores from the state computers, though. So perhaps the long wait will soon end. Then, at least, the seniors will know if they have graduated and third graders will know whether fourth grade, or summer reading camp, lies in their future.

Stay tuned.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 11:01am]


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