When I went to school many years ago, I used to hate the FCAT. With a passion.
For those of you outside of Florida, the FCAT is a test that you take three times in public school. Once in elementary, once in middle school, once in high school, in the 4th, 8th, and 10th grades. The test did not determine whether or not you passed to the next grade, but it judged how well the schools generally were in teaching their students.
We would be told how “important” the tests were, and to be extra-prepared when we took them. What bullshit that was, pardon my French. The results were mailed to the homes of the students so the parents could peruse them and hang them over their children’s head, and once I got ridiculed for doing poorly on an FCAT, truth be told. I tried telling my parents that the tests were essentially meaningless, so how does that motivate me to do well?
And now I see that the state of Florida is having an emergency meeting because the children continue to do poorly on the FCAT tests statewide.
Gee, Governor Scott, maybe in the era of the Internet that didn’t exist to the level it does now, just maybe…they have figured out that they are merely lab rats in the exercise? Maybe they are deliberately doing poorly on purpose? Hmmm?
And here’s another idea: how about getting rid of the FCAT once and for all? Judge how well a school does on the grades a student gets. That would be the simplest way to do it. Perhaps my current state of Florida just doesn’t want to do the simplest thing.