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MEDIA MEMORANDUM

December 10, 2007

Tom Butler
(850) 245-0413

Buros Institute Second Report on the 2006 FCAT Grade Three Reading Scores

Attached is the second report from the Buros Institute regarding the 2006 third grade reading Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) results. An executive summary, listing the key findings of the Buros Institute, can be found on page two of the report.

Statement from Florida Commissioner of Education Eric J. Smith regarding the report:

“In May, the Department of Education identified an issue that led to inflated test scores for 2006 third grade reading Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) takers. After detailed review of the matter, Department staff determined that this issue was isolated to the 2006 third grade reading FCAT. The attached Buros report contains independent findings regarding this matter, and in brief, confirms the Department’s determination that the 2006 third grade reading FCAT results were an anomaly and that the exceptions were the direct result of an equating issue dealing with the placement of an anchor reading passage.

The report also follows up on several recommendations made in the first Buros report on ways to ensure this type of anomaly does not occur again. Included in these recommendations is to increase the calibration sample size used to ensure the test is functioning as it should and confirm that it is representative of key demographics, and to review the coefficient that helps reduce incidents of random error. The Department has already implemented these recommendations for the 2007-08 FCAT, and will continue to employ these recommendations on all future test administrations.”

Buros Institute Second Report on the 2006 FCAT Grade Three Reading Scores (PDF, 282KB)