Florida’s new education commissioner wants a backup plan in case the anticipated replacement for the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, or FCAT, fails to materialize or is delayed.
There is another change coming for students in Florida who are already tired of all the statewide standardized tests they have to take every year. Now, Florida’s schools are adopting uniform academic standards shared with most other states.
On education, Gov. Rick Scott made it clear he supports the notion that all schools – public and private – funded by taxpayers should be held to similar standards.
Governor Rick Scott visited Southwest Senior High School Tuesday morning. His visit marks the first time he has set foot in a Miami-Dade public school.
Just weeks after Florida Education leaders came under fire for a glitch in the state’s school grading system and FCATs, Commissioner Gerard Robinson is calling it quits.
Referring to the FCAT on Friday, Governor Rick Scott was clear: “I think it’s going to change a lot.”
As the school year comes to a close, the final set of scores from this year’s Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test were released Tuesday and state education officials said the scores are better than they expected but South Florida numbers were lower than the state average in most cases.
Students get worked up over them, parents dread them and teachers now have part of their merit pay based on their results according to a new law. They’re the Florida Comprehensive Achievement Tests.
The battle over teacher evaluations and merit pay takes center stage in Tallahassee Wednesday.
The 2012 FCAT scores are out for Florida third-graders in reading and math, and thanks to revised exams and a tougher scoring system, the scores are predictably low.