FCAT http://blog.wlrn.org en Check Out The Practice Questions For The New FCAT Replacement http://blog.wlrn.org/post/check-out-practice-questions-new-fcat-replacement <p><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">The Florida Department of Education has released practice questions for the new assessments that will replace the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test next year.</span></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:51:29 +0000 Sammy Mack 34822 at http://blog.wlrn.org Check Out The Practice Questions For The New FCAT Replacement Third Grade Passing Rates On FCAT Math And Reading Flat http://blog.wlrn.org/post/third-grade-passing-rates-fcat-math-and-reading-flat <p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">The percentage of Florida third graders passing the state's </span>FCAT<span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;"> math and reading exams did not improve this year -- remaining largely flat for the past three years -- according to initial test results released Friday.</span></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 15:46:10 +0000 John O'Connor 32836 at http://blog.wlrn.org Third Grade Passing Rates On FCAT Math And Reading Flat How Florida's Graduation Rates Compare To The Nation http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-floridas-graduation-rates-compare-nation Florida&#8217;s graduation rate increased by five percentage points between the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years, <a href="http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2014391">according to new U.S. Department of Education graduation rate data released today.</a> But despite the improving rate, just six states and the District of Columbia have a lower graduation rate than Florida &#8211;<a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/2013/01/22/florida-graduation-rate-improving-still-among-the-nations-lowest/">the same number as last year. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:33:28 +0000 editor 31476 at http://blog.wlrn.org How Florida's Graduation Rates Compare To The Nation Schools Suspend FCAT Because Of Computer Problems http://blog.wlrn.org/post/schools-suspend-fcat-because-computer-problems <div id="attachment_21879" class="wp-caption module image right" style="width: 300px;"><a class="fancybox" title="Some Florida school districts have suspended FCAT testing after having problems connecting to the online exam." href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2014/04/4-22-404Error.jpg" rel=""><img class="size-medium wp-image-21879" alt="Some Florida school districts have suspended FCAT testing after having problems connecting to the online exam." src="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2014/04/4-22-404Error-300x196.jpg" width="300" height="196" /></a> <p class="wp-media-cre Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:52:47 +0000 John O'Connor 31274 at http://blog.wlrn.org Schools Suspend FCAT Because Of Computer Problems Florida School Offered Kids Caffeine On Test Day http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-school-offered-kids-caffeine-test-day Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Some stores post a warning: Disobedient children will be given and a puppy and an espresso. Maybe that's not so bad. Kids at a Melbourne, Florida elementary school were given caffeine. Each kid was offered trail mix and Mountain Dew on the morning of standardized tests. A grandmother got the school to stop, but the principal says she read a study on keeping kids' energy levels stable. By the way, Creole Elementary is rated an A+ school. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.<p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:10:00 +0000 editor 31226 at http://blog.wlrn.org What Everyone Is Reading April 13-19 http://blog.wlrn.org/post/what-everyone-reading-april-13-19 <p>This week's most read stories include: The demise of the FCAT, drinking beer and practicing yoga, the golden years of marijuana smuggling and six plaintiffs who plan to fight the state’s ban on gay marriage.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:00:49 +0000 Diego Saldaña-Rojas 31143 at http://blog.wlrn.org What Everyone Is Reading April 13-19 Remembering FCAT, 1995-2014 http://blog.wlrn.org/post/remembering-fcat-1995-2014 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://fcat.fldoe.org/fcat/" target="_blank">Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test</a> is dying, say Florida education officials. By this time next year, the </span>FCAT<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will be replaced with a new, Common Core-aligned assessment.</span></p><p>FCAT was born in 1995 in the humid June of a Tallahassee summer.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:56:56 +0000 Sammy Mack 30678 at http://blog.wlrn.org Remembering FCAT, 1995-2014 The End Of FCAT http://blog.wlrn.org/post/end-fcat <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This spring, students will be taking the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test for the last time. We look at what's ahead.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Leaders in Tallahassee call child welfare reforms a priority for this legislative session after a Miami Herald investigation into the Department of Children and Families.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:46:40 +0000 Elaine Chen 29577 at http://blog.wlrn.org The End Of FCAT Florida’s School Grading System Remains Flawed, Parent Says http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-s-school-grading-system-remains-flawed-parent-says <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">My son went to a school that received an “A” grade from the state of Florida. During fifth grade, his last year as a public school student, his standardized test score significantly dropped. From here he went on to a private school that does not put such an emphasis on a single test.</span></p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:35:31 +0000 Carolina Garcia 17117 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida’s School Grading System Remains Flawed, Parent Says Will New Florida Law Tying Teacher Raises To Test Results Improve Education? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/will-new-florida-law-tying-teacher-raises-test-results-improve-education <p>When my husband was studying for the CPA exams, he prepared for months.&nbsp; He memorized laws and rules and exceptions to those rules.&nbsp; He used flashcards, watched lectures and took simulated exams. &nbsp;He answered thousands of sample test questions.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Preparing for exams is as much about tactic as it is about knowledge.&nbsp; To conquer an exam, people learn to beat the test.&nbsp; They learn strategies.&nbsp; They take courses designed specifically to prepare them for these exams or they study on their own, for the tests.</span></p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 11:07:00 +0000 Neyda Borges 16813 at http://blog.wlrn.org Will New Florida Law Tying Teacher Raises To Test Results Improve Education? Talk To Us: What We Should Know About Remedial Education At Florida's Colleges http://blog.wlrn.org/post/talk-us-what-we-should-know-about-remedial-education-floridas-colleges <p></p><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/tag/13th-grade/">series on remedial education at Florida’s colleges</a>&nbsp;by NPR’s&nbsp;StateImpact&nbsp;Florida and the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting has prompted lots of conversations: Why are so many high school graduates needing remediation in college?&nbsp; Should a high school diploma be a certificate of college readiness -- perhaps only for some students.</p><p>We chatted online with&nbsp;StateImpact’s&nbsp;Sarah Gonzalez and&nbsp;FCIR’s&nbsp;Mc Nelly&nbsp;Torres along with a social media audience of students, educators and people interested in education policy.</p><p> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 03:22:14 +0000 Elaine Chen 6181 at http://blog.wlrn.org Talk To Us: What We Should Know About Remedial Education At Florida's Colleges What’s Causing The Rising Need For Remedial Classes http://blog.wlrn.org/post/what-s-causing-rising-need-remedial-classes <p><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">Shakira </span>Lockett<span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;"> was a pretty good student in elementary, middle and high school. The Miami-Dade County native says she typically earned As and </span>Bs<span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;"> in English classes.</span></p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 15:00:00 +0000 Sarah Gonzalez & McNelly Torres & Lynn Waddell 6188 at http://blog.wlrn.org What’s Causing The Rising Need For Remedial Classes What Florida Students, Teachers And Parents Think About Remedial Education http://blog.wlrn.org/post/what-florida-students-teachers-and-parents-think-about-remedial-education <p><a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/tag/13th-grade/">The series on remedial education</a> exposed what some in the public school system at the secondary and college level already knew: that many students are graduating from high school unprepared for college.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Elaine Chen 6275 at http://blog.wlrn.org What Florida Students, Teachers And Parents Think About Remedial Education Adding Up The Cost Of Remedial College Courses http://blog.wlrn.org/post/adding-cost-remedial-college-courses <p><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">Students and Florida taxpayers pay a price for remedial education in several ways</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 16px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif;">From 2004 to 2011, Florida’s remedial education costs for both students and schools ballooned from $118 million to $168 million. At the same time, state<a href="http://www.fcfep.org/attachments/20120221--Legislature%20Continues%20Record%20of%20Disinvesting%20in%20Higher%20Education" style="color: rgb(23, 78, 130); -webkit-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; font-weight: bold;">college</a><a href="http://www.fcfep.org/attachments/20120221--Legislature%20Continues%20Record%20of%20Disinvesting%20in%20Higher%20Education" style="color: rgb(23, 78, 130); -webkit-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; font-weight: bold;"> funding has declined $544 million since 2007, causing tuition increases</a>&nbsp;and creating a greater need for publicly funded financial aid.</p><p> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 16:00:00 +0000 McNelly Torres & Lynn Waddell 6185 at http://blog.wlrn.org Adding Up The Cost Of Remedial College Courses Students Learning English Get Extra Reading Help At Summer Camp http://blog.wlrn.org/post/students-learning-english-get-extra-reading-help-summer-camp <p>Juan Galvez is going into 4<sup>th</sup> grade. His parents are from Bolivia and Guatemala, and they only speak Spanish.</p><p>When it comes to homework, Juan is usually on his&nbsp;own.</p><p>“My mom helps me a little because she knows the math,” says Juan. “But with reading, I’m good. I do it by myself.”</p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 15:54:51 +0000 Gina Jordan 690 at http://blog.wlrn.org Students Learning English Get Extra Reading Help At Summer Camp