Move away from FCAT?

Florida’s chancellor for K-12 public schools has suddenly discovered that 75 percent of high school graduates still do not learn enough in 13 years (plus pre-school) in order to even BEGIN to study at a community college without “remediation”. Add to that the percentage of students who leave high school without the math and reading skills needed to get a job better than flipping burgers.

FCAT tests have not proven to be the solution. Some new end-of-course testing will also not be the solution.

Every classroom teacher already knows or should know which students need remediation. Every school principal already knows or should know which teachers need remediation. How many Hillsborough School PhD’s and Masters of Education does it take to screw in a light bulb?

 <IMHO> Fred Jacobsen

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