A New Chapter of Testing

By: Jill Chandler Email
By: Jill Chandler Email

As one chapter of testing ends, another begins. The FCAT - a more general exam - is being phased out in Florida schools while the more specialized end-of-course tests are phased in.

Scotty Crowe with Leon County Schools says, "It really makes sense that they're taking a test on a course they just had this school year."

Fred Springer is taking the End of Course Assessment and says,
"I'm sure it will be a good recap of what we have been doing all year and what we have been learning."

The Department of Education is slowing ending the use of the FCAT test in high school and replacing it with End of Course Exams. But some students are worried that the E.O.C.'s are harder and may hurt their overall grade.

11th Grader Brandi Johnson says, "Taking an end of course exam, all together for the whole class, is a little strenuous to a child."

There is a chance that some of the 10th graders in the school could be taking both the FCAT and E.O.C's.

The test given this year is Algebra 1, which students say can be tricky when doing math on a computer.

The end of course exam counts for thirty percent of the students final grade in the class. Next year, schools will be adding geometry and biology to the exam line up.

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  • by daughter of a educator on May 19, 2011 at 06:03 AM
    Every course has guidelines made by the state for what is supposed to be taught during the school year. These tests follow those guidelines. If a teacher is doing their job, then students should do just fine. I like the fact that teachers are going to be held accountable.... it ensures that my children get the education that they deserve.
  • by Just a Thought on May 19, 2011 at 04:15 AM
    Just a thought - why don't we go back to the OLD SCHOOL of teaching.....You teach the subject, you test on it and you either pass or fail....end of discussion....easiest way to handle the situation. All this "fancy testing" is for the birds.......
  • by wakulla girl Location: wakulla on May 18, 2011 at 05:01 PM
    It will depend on who develops the exam and making sure that the teachers are aware of the requirement percentages in the test. For example Alg has various topics so what if the test leans toward matrices and the student aced the rest of teh course.. I will have to see but I can say one thing for sure we hated the FCAT. So waht about students that didn't pass the FCAT and "completed" high school and didn't get a diploma because of it. Do they get chances to get a real diploma
  • by A teacher on May 18, 2011 at 02:44 PM
    Be forewarned; each of these tests costs millions upon millions to make, proctor and score. They carve our Five Multi-day testing sessions for students to take each exam: A baseline test, and progress checks on each 9 weeks grading, and then the EOC. That's only for the Algebra exam. Now, we'll keep adding tests, but where will the time come from? Oh, that's right, the classroom. You get what you pay for, Florida.
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