Florida continues move away from FCAT
The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test takes another step toward irrelevancy this fall.
A scheduled December field test of the FCAT Writing 2.0 exam has been canceled, as the state continues its move toward the Common Core and related tests.
The Common Core does not treat writing as a stand-alone subject, instead including the skill in instruction and testing of content-area subjects. As a result, Florida will not need a separate writing assessment.
A field test for FCAT Writing prompts, therefore, becomes unnecessary, allowing schools that had been set to administer the exam on Dec. 3-4 to have normal days instead. The state has yet to select the exams that will replace the FCAT.