Two related stories.
First, from WKMG-TV Orlando:
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Board of Education decided in an emergency meeting Tuesday to lower the passing grade on the writing portion of Florida’s standardized test after preliminary results showed a drastic drop in student passing scores.
The results indicated only about a third of students would pass this year’s tougher Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test exam, compared with a passing rate of 80 percent or more last year.
“They’ve asked students to do more, but that’s pretty dramatic,” said Florida Education Association spokesman Mark Pudlow. “We need to examine what led to this, not just paper over the problem.”
Second, from Reuters:
MIAMI (Reuters) – Nearly half of Florida high school students failed the reading portion of the state’s new toughened standardized test, education officials said on Friday.
Results this year from the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test showed 52 percent of freshman students and 50 percent of sophomores scored at their grade levels.
Students in the 10th grade must pass the exam in order to eventually graduate but can retake it if they fail.
The results came days after the Florida State Board of Education voted to lower the standards needed to pass the writing part of the test, known as FCAT. The test is administered in public elementary, middle and high schools.
The board took the action in an emergency meeting when preliminary results indicated only about one-third of Florida students would have passed this year.
“We are asking more from our students and teachers than we ever have, and I am proud of their hard work,” Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson said in a statement.
“As Florida transitions to higher standards and higher expectations, we can expect our assessment results to reflect those changes.”
What does this sound like?
I run 100 meters as fast as I possibly can but untimed. Then after I’m done, I watch the video of me doing it. Then I extend the length of the second so I can be shown to have run that distance in 9.57 seconds.