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MEDIA ADVISORY

January 17, 2008

Tom Butler
(850) 245-0413

Department of Education to Hold FCAT External Advisory Group Meeting in Orlando

The Department of Education (DOE) will hold the fifth Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) External Advisory Group meeting tomorrow in Orlando. The meeting agenda includes discussion of the reports received from the Buros Institute regarding the 2006 third-grade reading FCAT scores and an update on the status of the lowest-performing students provision as it relates to school grades.

The meeting will take place:

Friday, January 18, 2008
1:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Orange County School Board
Educational Leadership Center
445 West Amelia Street
Orlando

Media unable to attend in person may participate via conference call using the following information:

Dial-in Number: 1-888-808-6959
Passcode: 7351868

Attendees of the meeting represent education stakeholder groups throughout the state, including school district superintendents, school district administrators, district assessment coordinators, DOE officials, and education association representatives.