FCAT 2009 Underway – Prediction on Scores

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Update: 3/9/09New post for Official Information on the FCAT  from the Florida Department of Education about test scores and when the test scores will be available.

Update: 4/28/09 FCAT Write scores to be released April 30th 2009

Update 4/30/09 – FCAT Write 2009 Scores CLICK HERE

The FCAT started last week here in Florida. Our state legislators in all their wisdom have massively cut funding to education, back to 2004/05 levels and more cuts are on the way. The local school districts have had to slash their own budgets to deal with the loss in funds, which means less educators to help the children learn what they need. Of course the FCAT is just a test, but the state has made it so important that it is the major focus of the learning enviroment.

With that in mind, I have a prediction for the results of this years FCAT in our district:

FCAT scores will be flat this year. Reason: Budget Cuts = Less Staff.  The ActivBoards in our district will make the scores flat, instead of a decline if we didn’t have this valuable tool.

I believe the only thing that is going to save the scores in our district are the ActivBoards and the teachers that we have. The ActivBoards have had a dramatic affect in getting the students involved in their learning. The teachers in this district are great, have learned to use the ActivBoard correctly and strive to give our children the best education they can get.

The one other thing that is saving our district is the support of our citizens. They have supported a referendum that has brought in the money to have top ranked teachers and technology.

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