State Lowers Minimum Passing Score Because Too Many Kids Failed

Posted on May 17, 2012

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Florida (The Gaslamp Post) – It’s not often you hear a state’s board of education lowering test score standards being classified as an emergency, but I guess it CAN happen.  Earlier this week, in an effort to not have a higher failure rate among public school students, Florida’s State board of Education voted unanimously to lower the score of a passing grade on the FCAT.

The “Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test,” is given to students in the 4th, 8th, and 10th grade.

The ruling came after a test run of the standardized writing test showed only 1/3 of the kids passing, among this year’s crop of students.

Work harder with the kids?

Try new teaching techniques?

Get the parents involved?

NONSENSE!  Just give the teachers raises when they go on strike and lower the bar so no one is left behind.

It was decided that raising the passing score from 3.5 to 4, out of a possible six, after making the test “more difficult,” was a bad move.  This year, they’re dropping the passing score down to 3, but it is reportedly going to return back to 3.5 next year.  One need only grab a calculator to figure out that this is not doing anyone any favors, especially with how far behind our kids are now, in comparison to the rest of the world.

Before, a score of 3.5 (58.3%) would be considered passing.  They then raised the score to 4 (66.6%), and made that the passing standard.  After realizing that 66.6% of their kids would fail, because they apparently cannot write anything worthy of a D+, they lowered the bar to 3 (50%) so that anyone who could score an F, would be considered passing.

(h/t:  pnj.com)