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No investigations into FCAT writing scores scheduled

Concerns over lower-than-expected fourth grade FCAT writing scores continue to resonate in Pasco County schools, with teachers and parents reaching out to superintendent Kurt Browning to share their discontent.

Browning has forwarded several of their e-mails to Florida education commissioner Pam Stewart, to make sure she sees what the district is seeing. Most of the comments focus on results that don't jibe with students' writing performance throughout the year.

So far, though, the Florida Department of Education is not taking a hard look for errors in the scoring system. Noting that scores fluctuated across the state, with some districts excelling and others falling flat, officials said the working theory is that some systems adjusted better to the change from a narrative to an expository essay than others.

"We have heard from far fewer counties than usual after the FCAT," FLDOE spokesman Joe Follick said.

There's been talk about the big declines among some schools and counties, Follick said, but the focus has gone to how to better prepare for the next changes in writing assessment rather than finding fault in the FCAT outcome.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 29, 2014 11:42am]


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