Work to Correct FCAT Ongoing


Memorial Day may have meant a three-day weekend for some. But, several folks in the Florida Department of Education worked through the holiday trying to correct mistakes made on last year's Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

More than 200,000 third grade reading tests from 2006 need to be rescored because some of the questions were too easy which inflated the scores.

The problem state officials are working on is how to discount those questions and rescore the tests fairly. Tom Butler, spokesman for the Florida Department of Education, says the rescoring not underway yet. 'A lot has to be worked out. The cost has to be worked out. There's got to be a timeline and certainly who is doing it.'

Butler says it's not been decided who's going to pay for the rescoring. The test was developed by Harcourt Assessment with assistance from state officials.

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