FCAT Writing Scores Explained

So with all the media attention surrounding last month’s emergency DOE session to lower the passing rate on the Florida FCAT writing test, it was time to sit down and really explain what it is that is so bothersome with this writing test. This video is long and detailed but you can see why scores come back the way they do–you can get a better understanding of why teachers don’t like them, and hopefully you can see how high stakes testing can change things for the worse.

Let me know what you think.




  1. Russ,
    Love your weblog! I just happened across it..


  1. […] words we don’t believe for the most part that they measure real learning. See my report on the FCAT Writing scores and you will know this is true. I worked at a school that gave pizza parties to kids who scored a 6 […]

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