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FCAT 1 The FCAT in Florida HIS 324 Ursula Kupferer Instructor: Jennifer Hanson July 5 th 2010
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FCAT 2 A heated debate in Florida’s education policy regarding standardized test for accountability purposes is the ongoing battle between students, parents, teachers and school board representatives. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test or better know as the FCAT, is a high stake test which results are determine if a student moves on to the next academic year or if they even graduate or not and also this test is used to rate each and every school. The main criticism about the FCAT is that teachers concentrate on the test alone and they teach specifically for the test, leaving behind true learning, focusing on test taking skills and strategies, but a recent study from the Manhattan Institute’s Education Research Office has demonstrated that this criticism is deceptive and it states that “The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test effectively measures whether students are acquiring more general knowledge and not just a narrow set of skills to pass the test.” (fldoe.org) In my opinion, this “teaching for a test” can be a negative thing only if the test does not adequately measure an ample knowledge in the students. Teachers in fact have to change their curricula and techniques to make sure their children pass this test because too many things are affected by it. The FCAT results impact the school and teacher
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This note was uploaded on 12/16/2010 for the course HIS 324 taught by Professor Banks during the Spring '10 term at Ashford University.

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