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How Common Core Will Change The Way Schools Teach Reading

The switch to Common Core State Standards will put more emphasis on reading across disciplines, experts say. Education Week has some solid examples of how that will work, and how the new standards stress comprehension. They also will put more emphasis on writing: Reading instruction is no longer the sole province of the language arts […]

Board Of Education Takes Emergency Action On Low FCAT Writing Scores

Preliminary writing scores on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) have plunged, and state education leaders are taking emergency action. Standards were raised a year ago, making the test more rigorous. The passing grade is 4. The highest possible score is 6. So how bad are the results? 81 percent of 4th graders scored at […]

Explaining How the FCAT Writing Test Changed In 2012

The Florida Board of Education is holding an emergency meeting this morning to debate whether to lower the passing score on the writing portion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. (Watch here, starting at 10:30) Results show the state passing rate plunged this year, following changes to FCAT writing last year. So what changed?

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