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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  • by tom Location: florida on May 21, 2012 at 01:25 PM
    Please get rid of the fcat 2.0, this test should not determine whether a student who worked so hard should graduate or fail. I missed the fcat 2.0 by one point i really need to graduate, us students are all hard working citizens and we should get some leniency on this test!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by TAA on May 19, 2012 at 08:52 PM
    YES GET RID OF THIS TEST!!!!! I have hated it from day one. The state of Florida wouldn't be in such financial constraints and cuts in education if this test didn't exist. The governor needs to do something about this.
  • by Jon Location: Lynn Haven on May 17, 2012 at 12:36 PM
    I think our children are far less educated. My kid knows less then I did about history, science etc when I was his age. All he does all year long is study for a stupid test. I agree if you have an A student all year pin his hopes on advancement on one test... something is wrong. Whats funny all the parents want it gone, all the teachers want it gone, all the principles want it gone. Lets put it to the test and vote!. The taxpayers are paying for it!. let us vote on it!.
  • by Anonymous on May 17, 2012 at 11:37 AM
    They should get rid of Fcat because African Americans can't pass it.The Fcat is a over all test of what the student has learned in how many years he's been in school and what he remembers in that time.African Americans need to listen and work harder because being taught or going to school was not their right till they were freed. So they should really pay attention and grab a hold to any and all knowledge because it is power.To have a education is worth more than anything.Their ancestors longed for learning and now that it is there for them to get, they don't care. They drop out into a life of crime everyday.It's a shame.
  • by chiquita Location: clermont on May 17, 2012 at 08:49 AM
    we didn't have fcat growing up and we all turned out fine. Let the teachers do their jobs!!! They are overworked as it is. This tests sucks!!! How can a student get all A's all year round in excell in all their classes and get a lousy fcat score? This system sucks!!! I bet if you test all the educators these sames tests 70% or more of them wouldn't pass either. ONLY IN FLORIDA!!! Supposively all brains and no common sense.
  • by FL Teach Location: St. Cloud on May 16, 2012 at 04:13 PM
    FCAT isn't a realistic picture of student learning. The writing test should be an illustration of draft writing skills per the 45 minutes allotted for the test. In writing, the first good advice students receive is write a draft with your ideas, let it sit for a day or two, then revise. My students are intelligent and conscientious writers (8th graders), and while I don't know their scores yet, the six years of English Education (Including a Masters in English) and the additional two years of Master level English Education make me more than qualified to assess that. Let the law makers try the test and be blind graded by the same graders that scored the students, then we can evaluate scores.
  • by Maureen Location: Kinard, FL on May 16, 2012 at 04:05 PM
    Let the teaches teach and be creative so the children will learn to love school, and will eventually graduate with the necessary skills needed in the "Real World" and also may they bring with them basic knowledge of "common sense"! FCAT is robbing our children of a decent education and it is robbing our teaches from being able to do their job and be able to use their special talents to make learning fun
  • by Laura Location: Hollywood, Fl on May 16, 2012 at 02:20 PM
    Yes, it would be wonderful if they get rid of the FCAT!!!!!!! I do not see it fair that if our students are getting good grades all year long, that they have to rely on the FCAT to pass. It's not right for the students!!!!!
  • by KETCH Location: PC on May 16, 2012 at 01:50 PM
    Im glad I never went to school in Florida. These kids are only tought stress and more stress. Bring back shop class, cooking and others so these kids can have everyday life skills and a fun education. FCAT is a 254 million dollar scam!!!!
  • by BEV Location: SANFORD, FL on May 16, 2012 at 01:22 PM
    There is too much time spent on teaching kids HOW to take the FCAT. That time should be spent on teaching. The FCAT's should be eliminated and replaced with grade specific final exam's. learn
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