School districts to be held harmless for low FCAT writing scores

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The State Board of Education announced today that school districts would be held harmless this year for the drastically low writing Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores, which were announced on Monday.

The state's decision lowers the passing FCAT writing score from a 4.0 to a 3.0. This means that more than 80 percent of students in grades 4, 8 and 10 would pass the test, rather than the 27 percent that the state announced yesterday.

“When I saw dramatic drop in scores I knew that students didn't all of a sudden overnight become bad writers,” said Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson to more than 500 parents, teachers and community members listening in to this morning's emergency state board meeting.

The state has yet to release local district scores but expects to do so within the next few weeks.

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