Sunday, February 18, 2018
Education

Legg urges solution on student FCAT score dilemma

LUTZ — Senate Education Policy Committee chairman John Legg wants the problem fixed.

Students who don't pass the FCAT can still meet their graduation requirement by earning a certain score on the SAT or ACT. But as the Tampa Bay Times reported on Thursday, the state has not yet determined those "concordant" scores for the SAT or ACT based on the newer, tougher FCAT. That has left thousands of juniors in limbo.

Upon reading the story, Legg shot off a letter to new education commissioner Tony Bennett, "strongly" recommending the Florida Department of Education allow all students to use the existing scores to satisfy the graduation requirements until officials can establish new ones.

"It has always been my opinion not to let adult issues harm children," Legg wrote. "It has been my intent and the department's intent to have clear expectations and a clear path to meet those expectations. Unfortunately, as a result of a well intended increase in rigor, we have not outlined a clear path or alternatives for students to meet increased high school graduation requirements during this transition."

Florida Department of Education spokeswoman Cynthia Sucher said that Bennett is investigating his options. "It is an area he wants to be completely comfortable with" before drawing any conclusions, Sucher said.

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