New FCAT Could Mean Fewer High School GraduatesDec 9th, 2011 | By Lynette | Category: Uncategorized
By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The FCAT 2.0, that School Superintendent Lou Miller described as “new different, more rigorous” raises the bar from the previous FCAT test administered to tenth grade students.
The new “cut score” recommended on the FCAT 2 is 243, or Level Three. Two reactor panels have already recommended raising the cut score, but the new FCAT 2 will also mean fewer students will graduate, because fewer will pass the tenth grade FCAT. Even though the students will have two more chances to retake the test in the 11th grade and another two chances in the 12th grade, Miller told the Madison County School Board at their Dec. 6 meeting that an estimated 7,965 students statewide would be unable to pass the FCAT in the tenth grade.
The Commissioner of Education will make the recommendation to the state board of education, and that board will vote on Dec. 19 whether or not to approve the new cut score. The Madison County School Board would then know what level of performance will be expected from Madison’s current class of tenth graders when they take the test in April.