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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