Testing Glitch Revealed

TAMPA -

Student FCAT scores in reading, math and science improved at almost every grade level in 2007.

But, education officials disclosed a problem with last year's Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. The third grade reading portion was too easy.

That resulted in inflated grades for many students and their schools and the promotion of some third graders who should have been held back.

State officials are recalculating all third grade reading tests from 2006 and have promised an outside, independent audit of all future FCAT tests and scoring.

In Other FCAT trends, this year there was a widening of the achievement gap between minority students and their white counter parts in reading and science at virtually all school levels.

And, Floridians can expect more failing schools and fewer A and B schools because this is the first year science scores are included and those science scores are lower than expected.

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