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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

DOE Press Office
(850) 245-0413

Statement By: Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson Regarding his FCAT 2.0 and Algebra I EOC achievement level cut score recommendations to the State Board of Education

"FCAT 2.0 and the Algebra I End of Course assessment, based on the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, are designed to test Florida's students on more rigorous material. The standards I am recommending today reflect this, raising the bar for Florida's children from 3rd through 10th grade and ensuring that our students are on the path to graduating college and career ready. For the first time in Florida's history, our graduation requirements are aligned with college readiness and our standards are consistent across grade levels. Parents, teachers, and administrators will now be able to identify those children who need additional help earlier so that they can graduate college ready.

"I would like to thank the educators who began this process, along with the business, community, and education leaders who closely examined the data and offered recommendations based on a broader policy perspective, and the members of the State Board of Education, whose workshops led to my final recommendations. While these recommended scores raise standards, I am confident that Florida's children will meet them, just as they have before."

View the Score Cuts (PDF, 129KB)