Events Calendar

Current Weather

Manatee Road Watch

Sean Tampa Bay yacht Management Bills Discount Center - New & used Furnature, Appliances and More!

The Bradenton Times Polls

Poll Question: Do you agree with Rep. Greg Steube's comprehensive proposal to open up alcohol sales in Florida?

 Yes  No More polls »

The Robyn Report with Robyn Davis

Change Text Size: Larger  Smaller

News Section: Schools and Education

Firm Chosen for FCAT Replacement

Published Wednesday, March 19, 2014 12:05 am

BRADENTON – Most of Florida's notorious FCAT exam, a standardized test taken by students from elementary to high school, will be replaced next school year. After months of uncertainty, Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart announced Monday that she had decided on the company that would deliver the new test, one that would rely more on showing "higher-order thinking skills," than the multiple choice format that is widely used in FCAT.

The American Institutes for Research, a social-science research organization based in Washington, D.C., will create the new series of tests. They were one of five firms that made a bid. The company will receive a $220 million, six-year contract.

Education Commissioner Pam Stewart

The test will be aligned to the new Common Core academic standards and Stewart has said its questions are expected to be tougher than those of the FCAT. Students will have to show work, and do other tasks such as create graphs.

The new tests will replace the math, reading and writing sections of the FCAT. FCAT science exams will remain in place for the time being. There will be both paper-and-pencil and computer-based versions of the new tests. There will also be new end-of-course exams in geometry and algebra 1 and 2.

Tests will still be a factor in student promotion and graduation, public school grades and teacher evaluations.

"I am confident that his new assessment is the best decision for Florida students," Stewart wrote in a letter to Florida principals. "With the high-quality instruction that your leadership provides, the assessment will help us keep all students on their path to be college and career ready."


Stewart said that the Florida standards and new assessment are “the result of unprecedented input from educators and the public” and that practice tests revealing the new question types would be available later this spring.

Florida had been part of the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), but was one of several states to pull out last fall, over multiple concerns, including costs. The FDOE says that with AIR, the state's cost would not only be lower than PARCC, but less expensive per-student than the state's current FCAT cost, dropping from $36.17 today to $34.23.

Join the conversation post Facebook comments here or on our site at the bottom of article.


  In Addition to Facebook Comments You Can Also Post Comments Below

Non-Facebook Comments:

Click here to add a Non-Facebook comment to this page

 Sign up for our free news subscription - a great way to stay informed!

News World Round UpSports Roundup

Manatee Rural Health Certificate


Name Date
Dana Miller March 27, 2015
Hazel Morrison March 24, 2015
Wanda Rollins March 24, 2015
Charles Tennesen March 23, 2015
Stanley Gralka March 6, 2015
Frances Thomas March 14, 2015
Alma Dauman March 4, 2015
Dorothy Weeks March 14, 2015
Robyn Peters‐Golabek March 14, 2015
All Obituaries

Copyright © 2009 - 2015 | The Bradenton Times | More than just an Online Newspaper |
405 26 Avenue Bradenton, FL 34205
Phone: 941-896-7857 - Privacy Policy - RSS Feed
Template provided by Free CSS Templates