Florida sets concordant score for Algebra I exam
Students who are struggling to pass the Florida's end-of-course exam in Algebra I now have another option.
State officials set a concordant score on the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test, or PERT. If a student earns a 97 on the math portion of PERT they can substitute it for passing the Algebra I EOC as a graduation requirement. Even with a PERT score on file, a student still must take Algebra I and participate in the EOC.
The state Department of Education made the recommendation for the concordant score in September. The state Board of Education approved it at its meeting that month.
Lawmakers lessened the high stakes of most EOCs last year. But they left passing Algebra I - which requires passing the Algebra I EOC - as a requirement to get a diploma. State education officials had said they would look for a concordant score to help students who had trouble passing the Algebra EOC.
Last year, 52 percent of ninth graders who took the Algebra I exam passed.
Here's the memo put out by DOE about the concordant score.