Yesterday, the State of Florida released the results of the state’s mandatory writing test for fourth, eighth and tenth graders. The scores were so shocking that the State Board of Education has called an emergency meeting for 10:30 this morning.
The exams, administered in February, gave the students 45 minutes to write an essay. The grading is on a scale of 1 to 6 and this year a score of 4 was deemed acceptable. In prior years a score of 3.5 was acceptable. Of this year’s fourth graders, only 27% received an acceptable score, and the results weren’t much better for the eighth graders or the tenth graders.
We may have located the problem, however.
The state made the scoring tougher this year, demanding students use correct spelling and grammar and do a better job presenting logical arguments backed up with relevant details. [emphasis supplied]
Who would have thought you needed those skills to write an essay?
This afternoon, the Florida Board of Education “took the bull by the horns” and decided to lower the grade necessary to be deemed “acceptable”. Now, thousands of Florida students who couldn’t spell or construct a sentence yesterday, do not need to worry. They now have acceptable skills.
My favorite quote though was from a mother whose son failed initially.
He was, as was I, extremely nervous because of a lack of preparation.
On whose part?
No word yet on whether this coddled child is now deemed “acceptable”.
Forget the mother, she is hopeless.