FCAT Graders: Are They Qualified?

The state requires that graders’ degrees be matched to the subjects they’re scoring, but a review of about half the state’s 2,500 graders shows one in four have no matching degrees or experience as educators.

Commissioner John Winn says nonetheless, all graders under contract are college educated and well trained.

John Winn said, “Although I was unhappy that the contractor did not stick to the specific language in terms of degrees in certain related fields, that does not mean that the scorers who actually scored FCAT test questions were unqualified at all. They don’t score tests if they’re unqualified. We don’t allow them to score tests if they’re unqualified.”

One vocal critic of the FCAT grading system says his review shows some graders had degrees from foreign universities, bringing their English skills into question.