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  •  Maybe in other states, but in Florida (2+ / 0-)
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    MPociask, Cassandra Waites

    the FCAT is required for graduation. You have to take a certain type almost every year from 4th grade to 10th grade (they skipped a few years when I was in school in the 90/00's). In 10th grade you have 3 chances to pass (10th, 11th, 12th) until they tell you that you aren't able to graduate. But they will literally say 1 day
     "Ok class, it's time to stop our normal learning process because we have to do FCAT learning now" & we would stop learning our current subjects & start practicing for the FCAT, which was especially interesting in MATH when the stuff on the FCAT was ALWAYS from the year before, or stuff we haven't learned yet that we would learn in the next math class.

    All thanks to the Bush brother they called "the dumb one" (Jeb)

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    by Guile Of The Gods on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 01:55:13 PM PST

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    •  GA's are required too. (2+ / 0-)
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      MPociask, blueoasis

      We didn't stop classes to cover graduation test material.

      We did have questions where doing it the right way would take five times as long as realizing that no, really, they'd only let it be this one answer. So if you'd taken SAT prep, you just got incredible amounts of extra testing time from knowing the tricks they should NOT be pulling on a graduation exam.

      And five-answer analogies with one right answer if you were reading at an eighth-grade level and five right answers if you were reading at the college level.

      And science equations in the front of the test booklet that were incorrect, mislabeled, or both so your graduation standing was based on whether you guessed right about whether the answer key was done using their equations or the ones in the published curriculum standards... which I'm still convinced is the reason for the disparity in cut-off scores between GA Grad Science and the other multiple-choice graduation exams.

      Seriously, it was theoretically easier for a sophomore taking on-level English, science, and math to pass those tests than juniors taking honors and AP courses in the same subjects. And the entire AP-taking population of my high school knew it.

      Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

      by Cassandra Waites on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 02:47:24 PM PST

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