On Monday, Nov. 14, the State Board of Education hosted a workshop to discuss the recommended achievement level scores for the FCAT 2.0 Reading and Mathematics and Algebra I End-of-Course Assessment. The proposed “cut” scores were an outcome of input from approximately 300 teachers, and a reactor panel consisting of 12 superintendents, three leaders representing the business and parent communities, four community members, and two members from higher education. The public also had an opportunity to weigh in on this topic through three separate rule-making workshops and web-based feedback. Our state has not gone through this type of “standard setting” process for reading and mathematics in a decade, so the information shared resulted in a very healthy discussion among board members, business and community leaders and many others who participated in the process.
What is significant about this dialog is that it will set the tone for the accountability system in our state. The strengths and challenges echoed by both our K-12 system and the higher education arena on this topic will help us provide an educational system that is aligned and singularly focused on doing what is best for our students, our economy and Florida’s future. By defining the expectations for our students today, and equipping them with the necessary skills to achieve these measures, we will continue to help our students pursue their dreams.