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A Dark Day For Educational Measurement In The Sunshine State

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Really well done. But you'll also notice that Florida's FCAT evaluation system is designed to avoid comparing and assessing performance between higher performing/wealthier schools. The standard of failure/excellence is reaching the middling Level 3 level on the test. But there are five levels, two of which are higher performing than three. But they don't factor into evaluation. Schools are not measured by what they actually score. Only how many kids get to Level 3. One of many ways this system is simply rigged. You should say it directly. You can read about this from the ground in Florida here. http://www.lakelandlocal.com/2012/01/there-are-5-fcat-levels-not-3-so-stop-grading-the-wealthy-on-a-curve/

Superintendent Klein from New York used a far better approach -- New York City measured schools with the same socioeconomic base against each other. This allowed a school in a poor area to earn an A, if they were among the best in class. This would upset the apple cart for schools getting As because they have the right kids, but it would be a far fairer measurement system

Hi Mark, See here: http://shankerblog.org/?p=5785 Thanks for the comment, MD

<p>Mr. DiCarlo- I have written a response to this post. I hope you will give it some consideration: http://jaypgreene.com/2012/02/08/the-dark-days-of-educational-measurement-in-the-sunshine-state-ended-in-1999/</p>

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