The state education system adopted new standards for the FCAT reading and math exams at the end of 2011, making grading standards tougher in 2012.
The Flagler County School Board heard a presentation on the new scoring model Tuesday night, Feb. 7.
Shawn Schmidli, the county’s new testing coordinator, presented to the board last year’s district FCAT scores compared to what the same scores would have been if measured using the new "cut score" standards.
“Cut scores” are the boundaries between test scores, defining the lowest and highest scores a student can receive in order to be deemed Level 1 through 5 in FCAT scoring results.
“Based on the new cut scores,” Schmidli told the board, “there are significant (projected) decreases in all grade levels … (especially) grades 3 and 4.”
According to Schmidli, some of the potential implications of the new model are slight increases in the number of students eligible for Summer Reading camp; slight increase in the “at-risk” student population; and slight increases in the number of those required to take intensive reading coursework.
“We will be impacted as everybody in the state will be impacted this summer when we get our scores,” Superintendent Janet Valentine said. “With the new cut scores … we would not (have been) an A district.”
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