Why Hasn’t FLDOE Established New ACT and SAT Cut Scores?

This is a troubling story from Jeff Solocheck of the Tampa Bay Times:

WESLEY CHAPEL — Alan Sourk thought his son had finally passed his exit-level high school reading test.

The Wiregrass Ranch High School junior scored a 20 on the ACT reading test in December. That was two points above the mark listed on state documents as an acceptable replacement score for the FCAT graduation requirement.

He excitedly returned to school in January, asking his guidance counselor to finally let him out of the remedial reading course that had kept him out of elective classes. And that’s when he learned, as Sourk put it, that “it’s possible the passing score of 20 might not be passing anymore.”

The state had made the FCAT harder during the past year. But Department of Education officials had not calculated the “concordant” scores for the ACT and SAT, which students can take in place of the FCAT to satisfy that graduation requirement.

The new cutoff scores for the ACT and SAT won’t be available until the fall..

So instead of scratching the test off their graduation to-do list, thousands of juniors across Florida had to recommit themselves to another semester of remediation and another stab at the FCAT., self

Let’s see how Tony Bennett handles this one. We’ll we get some weasely platitudes about accountability to protect the interests of Pearson who sees ACT and SAT as a threat. Or will he act as quickly as Solochek reports that former commissioner Eric Smith did in 2009. The episode illustrates how the FLDOE has become a slow-moving, self-absorbed, cold-storage locker. Hopefully Bennett will see the need to take action, especially when it may conflict with his agenda to protect the state’s multiple accountability systems.


About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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2 Responses to Why Hasn’t FLDOE Established New ACT and SAT Cut Scores?

  1. juliedelegal says:

    Is the FCAT really “concordable” with the ACT/SAT? My guess is no, but when has science ever stopped the FL DOE from making faulty comparisons? If we could get some actual educators involved in policymaking, instead of privatization snake-oil salesmen, we might get some answers.

  2. Diane Kepus says:

    Well said Julie! Not only is the FLDOE a slow-moving, self-absorbed, cold-storage locker – have you ever tried to call there to ask a question – any question? You will find yourself transferred so many times you probably cannot count that high. They are rude and speak to you as if you are subservient to them. They pass the buck or honestly do not know the answer, refuse to find it out and when you are told someone will have to call you back – never, ever do they do that.

    It took me 9 months with the beloved Teresa Sweet to get that woman to finally admit that International Baccalaureate is proprietory and NO ONE in the state of Florida knows what is in their curriculum, textbooks or syllabuses. NO One – Nada! And they don’t care either.

    No reports as to the effectiveness of the program – for the amount of money being spent by this state on that program every single solitary Senior should be on the National Honor Society and they do not even come close. No records – no stats – only money going to communist United Nations.

    Hey Bob, did that 5 year report on Mary Ellen Elia and the 100M she got from Bill Gates ever come out? Last I checked they were still waiting and the report is almost 2 years late.

    Bennett wil do what ever Jebbie tells him to! I wish I could get my dogs to behave as well as these boys and girls do!

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