Nearly Half of Florida’s 10th Graders to Fail Part of FSA Under New Cut Score Formula

by Allison Nielsen
January 7, 2016

The State Board of Education voted in favor of Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart’s recommendations for the Florida Standards Assessment cut scores in Tallahassee Wednesday.

The State board overwhelmingly approved Stewart’s plan by a 6-1 vote, with all members in favor except vice chair John Padget, who had previously criticized Stewart’s recommendations as well as the new proposal to calculate school grades.

Padget, who expressed concerns that Stewart’s recommendations had set the bar “too low,” had been a staunch advocate of using test scores which reflected the proficiency levels of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a national standardized test which randomly selects students for testing purposes.

Under the commissioner’s cut score recommendation, nearly half of Florida’s 10th graders would fail the English Language Arts portion of the FSA.

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