Friday, November 28, 2008

FCAT cuts

In addition to eliminating the summer FCAT retake exams, the state is cutting other test-related expenses to save money:

Eliminating the NRT used to compare Florida students to other states will save $11.5 million.

By getting rid of the FCAT parent network, which allowed parents to look up their children's scores online, the state will save about $1.3 million.

Doing away with the seals on the answer booklets for the eighth- and 11th-grade math and science tests, the state will save an additional $79,000. Schools will have to police the booklets closely to make sure the absence of seals doesn't lead to cheating.

Cutting out paper reports for teachers will save $54,000.

Kids who do well on the FCAT will no longer get certificates of achievement, saving an estimated $13,000.