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Rick Scott: “Should we get rid of the FCAT and just go with the ACT?”

From Bob Sikes, Education Blogger

September 12, 2012

By: Bob Sikes – Scathing Purple Musings

Maybe Rick Scott really has seen the light. After meeting with parents and teachers in Boca Raton yesterday, Sun Sentinel reporter Anne Geggis reported this:

For his first year-and-a-half in office, Gov. Scott seemed at odds with many parents and teachers by supporting the state’s use of high stakes testing for everything from teacher pay to student promotion. He signed teacher performance pay legislation in 2011 that bases teacher pay largely on how well students perform on standardized tests and also eliminated teacher tenure for new teachers.

But the Tuesday sessions at Boca High were cordial exchanges, teachers and parents said. And Scott, who has become a critic of the state’s chief assessment tool, the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, this summer, said his tour has produced some discoveries.

“This morning, when I met with teachers, they showed me a calendar of all the different tests,” Scott said, noting that there might be a need to revamp how student progress is measured. “I think we ought to look at a number of questions … Should we get rid of the FCAT and just go with the ACT?”

Hundreds of Pearson executives just spit out their morning coffee.

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Former Principal and Current U.S. Representative: “No Other State Deceives” Like Florida Does With FCAT

US Rep Frederica S. Wilson on FCAT

July 20, 2012

By: Bob Sikes – Scathing Purple Musings

The vigorous debate over Florida’s test-based accountability systems added a figure of national status and significant credibility. U.S. Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-Florida #17) was a school principal before entering politics. Also a former Dade County School Board member, Wilson penned a condemnation of FCAT and the suffocating utility in the Miami Herald:

As a former school principal I believe in accountability, but it must be transparent. As we digest the release of school grades from the Florida Department of Education, I want to say one thing — this is madness.

For 14 years I have fought against the FCAT. As, Bs, Cs, Ds, and Fs? How ridiculous. This is nothing but hoodwinking parents and the community by putting grades on a school. No other state in America deceives their communities by devising formulas that no person or school can decipher. For far too long students have been treated as experiments in petri dishes, and life-altering decisions have been made with a callous disregard for children’s futures.

Yowza. Countless Floridians can offer nightmare anecdotes on FCAT, but this one from a sitting United States Congresswoman is a stunner:

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