Should State Get Rid of FCAT?

By: Bryan Anderson Email
By: Bryan Anderson Email

Panama City- Bay High tenth grade english teacher Terry Rubin is one of many Florida educators baffled at this year's drastic drop in FCAT writing scores.

"It's disheartening. Disgusted is a mild word," said Rubin.

To offset the low marks, the Department of Education decided Tuesday to boost grades by lowering the test's proficiency standards. Now teachers are even more concerned about the math and reading results.

"It makes students feel like they're not worthy," said Rubin.

The scoring shock is also putting the spotlight on the state's $254 million five year contract with the testing company.

When you break it down it cost about $100 per student. But with how controversial the test is, a lot of teachers and administrators, including here in Bay County, said that money could go to much more important things.

"I have students who don't have computers at home," said Rubin.

Bay District Superintendent Bill Husfelt said the FCAT as it stands now is doing more harm than good.

"They've changed the game in the middle of the game. We're not doing something right to kids here," said Husfelt.

Each county school district should receive their specific writing scores by Friday. No word yet on the reading or math results.

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