For the first time in a over 10 years, the Florida Board of Education has increased the proficiency “cut” scores for all levels of the FCAT reading and math exams. The change, adopted unanimously Monday morning, results from the state’s move to a new, more rigorous version of the FCAT.
Lower cut scores at lower grades painted unrealistic picture.
Educators argued in favor of higher scores at the lower grade levels, saying the passing marks were misaligned since the start of the FCAT. Elementary scores were too low, making it look as if larger numbers of students were at grade level than was realistic, they said, while the high school scores were too high, making it look as if kids became sudden failures on entering ninth grade.
Question: Will states be able to decide cut scores for proficiency on the Common Core State Standards?