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Lee Schools "bracing" for lower FCAT scores

Lee Schools "bracing" for lower FCAT scores

By Matt Grant. CREATED Jan 10, 2012

FORT MYERS - State changes to the FCAT will make it harder for your kids to pass.

"In the middle of the game we've changed the rules," said Lee County School District spokesperson Joe Donzelli.

Florida recently approved a higher threshold students have to meet to pass the FCAT. Because of that, the Lee County School District says they are expecting to see a dent in grades.

"What we're going to see, along with every school district in the state," said Donzelli, "we're all bracing for lower student scores and a drop in school grades."

Starting with next month's FCAT, students will have to get a higher score to pass. But Donzelli says they've known about these changes since last summer and have been preparing students for it all year.

"W
e've really been working in our classrooms with our students knowing of the increased expectations," said Donzelli.

"Even though you're going to see some of those grades, or maybe some student numbers go down," said Donzelli, "we're hoping that overall students are going to do pretty well."

So why the change? In three years Florida will do away with the FCAT switching to a standardized test used by more than 40 states called the comprehensive core assessment.
 
"Does this put a lot of pressure on teachers now to try to bring the scores up?," asked Fox 4 reporter Matt Grant.

"It puts a lot of pressure on a lot of people," said Donzelli.

Even though some "A" schools may drop to a "B" or a "C," Donzelli defends the FCAT changes saying it will ultimately help students transition to the new test while learning more in the process. 

"You want them to not get in a comfort zone," said Donzelli. "You want them to push themselves to get better. That's what it's all about."

Lee Schools: FCAT

Matt Grant
mgrant@fox4now.com