Standardized Tests : Standardized Testing

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Bob Botkin
ENC 1101-095
13 Oct 2015
Standardized Testing in Florida In recent years Florida’s standardized testing program has taken a turn for the worst. After doing away with the FCAT (Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test) the debate has only grown due to flood of new tests being created such as the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) or End of Course Exam (EOC). These tests are administered to test students’ abilities at the end of the school year. In spring of 2015, with only two months of testing between the EOC’s and the FSA, Florida’s legislature implemented the FSA. The main reason the testing was delayed was because the new tests had to be administered on a computer, so that scores could be calculated faster. Though most of the recent issues make it seem that testing is useless, there are still positives. Administering these tests allows the state to measure the level of improvement in the education students are receiving and it keeps the teachers adhering to the curriculum plan. The positive and negative points about testing bring up the question: Should standardized testing in Florida be eliminated or changed? In the early 2000’s Florida created a standardized testing exam called the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). At the same time Florida legislature implemented a policy to make sure students are not “socially promoted” (Greene et al 65) to the next grade level without learning the entire curriculum needed. With this policy students
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