Students will take FCAT Writing test Tuesday

By: Erica Rakow Email
By: Erica Rakow Email

FCAT season is here! Tuesday kicks off the first day of testing for the Florida Comprehensive Assessment test.

Florida students in 4th, 8th and 10th grade will be tested on their writing skills.

Bay District Schools' Assessment and Accountability Coordinator, Jan Chapman, says students have been preparing for the 45-minute assessment since the beginning of the school year.

The test does not measure advancement to the next grade, but it does play into individual school grades.

It also shows educators how well their students are able to write; a skill Chapman says is crucial.

"Writing is a skill that all the research shows underlies all other disciplines. If you can write well then you should be able to be proficient in all the disciplines so this is an important type of diagnostic assessment for teachers to look at," said Chapman.

According to Chapman, all 9th, 11th and 12th grade students at Bay County high schools, except Bozeman, will have a delayed start time of 9:30a.m. Tuesday.

10th grade students will report on time for testing and then resume their usual school day. Students will be released from school at their usual time.


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  • by Janet on Mar 1, 2011 at 06:09 PM
    The mistake was not the fault of WJHG reporting. Rosenwald staff decided to opt out of the delayed start after the memo was sent out by the superintendent. I would expect that the staff at Rosenwald communicated the change to students. If you did not receive the communication, please call the school to verify reporting times for the April testing.
  • by Carl Location: Home on Mar 1, 2011 at 07:05 AM
    This was informative, yet misleading information. My son is a 9th grader at Rosenwald High School. Upon hearing on the morning show that "all" 9th graders had a delayed start time, I did not have him at school at his normal start time. Then, realizing his high school doesn't normally have a start time coinciding with the rest of Bay District schools, I called the school to confirm this delayed start time which seemed to only exempt Bozeman based on your reporting. This delayed start time as it happens, did not apply to Rosenwald High School. The reporting was inaccurate and misleading from that perspective. But hey, we all make mistakes from time to time. Perhaps more verification and caution should be used in future school schedule reporting.
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