FCAT Gone, What’s Next For Schools?

A year stuffed with tutoring sessions, reading intervention and teacher training culminated in stagnant FCAT scores in Pinellas County and much of the state of Florida.

Now education officials question how the new education standards and a new exam next school year will affect their students.

Several summers of training sessions have led to the standards switch, but the question is how to measure accountability in Florida schools because the FCAT tests no longer apply, and how to teach students in the classroom when testing takes up a large chunk of their school year.

“We are testing beyond reason,” Pinellas School Board member Linda Lerner said. “It’s awful. It’s outrageous, but unfortunately the train is already on the track for a new test. I wish we could do something, but I’m not sure what.”

For more on this story, visit Anastasia Dawson (The Tampa Tribune).