FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PRESS OFFICE
ASSESSMENT STANDARDS DEFINED AS STANDARD SETTING PROCESS CONTINUES
Tallahassee, Fla., October 24, 2012 – As part of Florida’s continuing transition to more rigorous standards and assessments, the Department of Education convened educator and reactor panels last month to define the new benchmarks for Geometry and Biology I End-of Course assessments and grades 5 and 8 FCAT 2.0 Science.
The educator panel met to develop descriptions of the knowledge and skills that students need in each subject and grade level and to propose achievement level scores. The reactor panel reviewed the educator panel proposals and analyzed impact data to make their own recommendations.
Following the educator and reactor panels, the department held a series of rule development workshops to get public input on the panel’s recommendations. Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart will review the information and prepare a draft rule for consideration by the State Board of Education at their December 2012 meeting.
A detailed summary of the standard setting process and outcomes of the educator and reactor panels is attached. For more information, visit Standard Setting.
About the Florida Department of Education: The department’s mission is to increase the proficiency of all students within one seamless, efficient education system by providing them the chance to expand their knowledge and skills through world-class learning opportunities. Serving more than 3.5 million students, 4,200 public schools, 28 colleges, 188,000 teachers, 47,000 college professors and administrators, and 318,000 full-time staff throughout the state, the department enhances the economic self-sufficiency of Floridians through programs and services geared toward college, workforce education, job-specific skills, and career development. Florida ranks first in the nation for teacher quality, first in the nation in advanced placement participation, and first in the southern region for graduation rate and degrees awarded by the Florida College System. For more information, visit www.fldoe.org.Tweet