John Legg Urges Tony Bennett to Take Swift Action on SAT and ACT Concordant Scores


Good for John Legg. And good reporting by the  Tampa Bay Times Jeff Solochek:

News that the Florida Department of Education has yet to set concordant scores between the FCAT 2.0 and the SAT and ACT for current high school juniors did not sit well with state Senate Education Policy Committee chairman John Legg.

Legg, who learned of the situation when reading a story in the Tampa Bay Times, shot off a letter (attached below) to new education commissioner Tony Bennett on Thursday urging him to solve the problem. Fast.

In it, Legg “strongly” recommended that the department allow all students to use the existing concordant scores to satisfy the state’s high school graduation requirements until officials can establish new scores. Raising standards and demanding rigor from students is important, Legg said. But so is fairness.

“Until the rules are established, you can’t leave people in this black hole of information,” Legg told the Gradebook. “We don’t want to harm kids.”

FLDOE spokeswoman Cynthia Sucher said that Bennett, who began his job on Monday, is familiar with the issue and is investigating his options. “It is an area he wants to be completely comfortable with” before drawing any conclusions, Sucher said.

Legg was hopeful that Bennett would respond in a way to help students. “I am cautiously optimistic this will fall on favorable ears,” he said

Legg’s letter can by linking Solochek’s story above. His proposal to allow existing concordant scores is the best option. High school seniors are now in their last semester of school and have already taken the ACT or SAT. Many are in a Catch-22 as deadlines for registering for the next test have passed. For Bennett to make any other decision is to take the side of  tests over that of kids.

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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One Response to John Legg Urges Tony Bennett to Take Swift Action on SAT and ACT Concordant Scores

  1. Dr, Bennett, acting as Florida’s new commissioner of education, has posted his first blog. In it, he says, “I want to hear from all Floridians because we are all stakeholders in our students’ education. My goal is to utilize the best ideas for student success regardless of their origin. The best change comes from collaboration.”

    Empirically, this isn’t so. Ask fellow Hoosiers. Dr. Bennett only wants to hear and collaborate with those who think like him. If you think he’s turned over a new leaf in Florida, respond to his blog and challenge this position.

    You can take the reformer out of the Heartland, but you can’t take the heart out of a heartless reformer.

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