Ed Commissioner: Raise Passing FCAT Reading Score

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson is recommending the state raise the score needed to pass the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.
Robinson said Thursday the higher scores will ensure students leave high school college and career ready.
If the change is approved, the passing score for reading on the FCAT would be set at 240 for 9th grade and 245 for 10th. Those scores are two points higher than what many district superintendents have recommended.
The Board of Education will vote on the change Dec. 19.
In a call with reporters, Deputy Education Commissioner Kris Ellington noted that if students don't pass the exam in the 10th grade, they still have two more years to try and pass. She said the goal is to reduce college remediation rates.

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  • by Tim Location: Bay County on Dec 8, 2011 at 06:56 PM
    I agree as long as History and Economics are included.
  • by Sam Location: Panama City on Dec 8, 2011 at 06:22 PM
    It just seems that the educational leaders in Florida have yet to realize that not everybody will go to college and that the test-driven practices are detrimental to our young students. It is a shame that parents do not band together and demand cuts in the amount of standardized testing that is being done in our schools.
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