NCLB Exams: Testing Irregularities in Florida

Tis the season to be jolly…seems to be some major testing and scoring anomalies reported in Florida, where according to the Miami Herald, the errors on third grade Florida Comprehensive Assessment Tests (FCATs) are raising major questions. And lawmakers, school officials, unions and parents are all crying foul…gotta love that No Child Left Behind act!

See this excerpt:

Human error inflated last year’s third-grade FCAT reading scores, state education officials said Wednesday — an admission that again called into question the state’s controversial high-stakes testing system.

”Last year’s scores were probably higher than what we should have had,” state testing director Cornelia Orr said — just weeks after calling the students’ performance in 2006 “stellar.”

The state’s accountability program uses FCAT scores to determine everything from school grades to teacher bonuses. But for years, teachers, parents and lawmakers have said too much is tied to a single test.

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Gee, THAT sounds awfully familiar! And for the life of me, there is no excuse why a third grader has to have stress over one of these exams. It is both frightening and sickening what we’re doing to our children. And it didn’t used to be this way. Or am I the only one that’s alarmed at what is happening?

E.C. 🙂

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