BROOKSVILLE — Individual student FCAT scores are expected to arrive in districts next week, said testing specialist Linda Peirce. That means the scores should be in the mail and posted on the AIM-HI data portal by mid July.
But there should be plenty of people working on the mailing and the analysis of the data, and placing students according to academic needs, schools superintendent Bryan Blavatt said.
Officials Tuesday were trying to reach assessment teachers, guidance counselors and other staffers to come back and help with tasks that are usually done in May and early June, when the scores are supposed to arrive — and when nine-month employees are still working.
The state Department of Education expects to reimburse districts not just for the costs to mail out the FCAT results to families, but also for the expense of bringing in staffers not on 12-month contracts, according to a memo sent to superintendents Monday by public schools chancellor Frances Haithcock.
The goal is to use the millions of dollars in fines levied against NCS Pearson, the testing company responsible for the delay. It had been unclear whether the reimbursement would go beyond mailing costs, and some cash-strapped districts — Hernando among them — had hesitated to call back the ideal number of staffers for fear that the costs would not be covered.
Accompanying the memo is an Excel form for districts to use to log the additional staffers' hours and the associated costs of salary and benefits, postage and other supplies.
Blavatt did say that he still felt confident the scores would make it onto the AIM-HI portal before they arrived in the mail. The address is https://aimhi.hcsb.k12.fl.us.