According to the Miami Herald, there is a bill in the Florida Legislature that will tie half of teacher’s compensation to FCAT and final exams. If this passes, expect teachers to only teach FCAT. Also expect all students to have to take final exams, regardless of grades —no more passes for high school juniors and seniors. Teachers will stay away from schools where the students have historically had trouble with the FCAT test.
When will Tallahassee stop meddling in the local school districts? Let the teachers teach.
Good teachers make learning fun…not drill students in performing well on a standardized test. The emphasis needs to placed on K-3 – where the basics of reading, writing and math need to be taught and learned for a child to have any chance.