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ERIC Number: ED536595
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
From Normal Variation to Unacceptable Uncertainty: A Brief Review of Anomalies in the 2010 FCAT Results. Research Brief. Volume 1002
Froman, Terry
Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
The release of School Grades by the State of Florida in the late summer of 2010 created quite a stir. Over 500 elementary schools all over the state dropped at least one grade level. Among those schools that experienced drops, the Reading Gains and Mathematics Gains components seemed especially low. Some of the historically best performing schools saw unprecedented shortfalls in gain percents. Ad hoc analyses of the summary results by districts throughout the state uncovered radical shifts in points earned by schools. The results seemed that they just could not be true. Coordinated calls for review by Superintendents and research staff led the State Department of Education to call for two independent audits for further evaluation. The findings of the audits supported the initial results and concluded that the fluctuations in gains were within historical ranges. No violations of protocol were uncovered and the School Grades were deemed correct. The purpose of this paper is to review some of the FCAT score results that prompted concern, clarify in nontechnical terms the test construction and equating justifications, and propose a perspective for confronting the compromises to accountability in the future.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Research Services
Identifiers - Location: Florida
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test