|Published:||Jul 13, 2010 10:47 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 13, 2010 7:48 PM EDT|
Lee County, Fla - Lee County is taking a closer look at the recently released FCAT scores.
The district says some of those scores are just plain wrong.
They say there's no way students scores could drop so drastically.
"We see less schools showing learning gains. It just doesn't jive," said School District spokesman Joe Donzelli.
Donzelli says county FCAT results aren't adding up.
After reviewing the scores, the district saw a drastic drop in elementary school students.
Particularly in the reading portion.
"It became obvious this was a widespread phenomenon. The chances ten of thousands of students all had a bad test day is pretty slim," Donzelli said.
Lee School District is not alone in their concern.
Charlotte is also questioning the results.
In fact, many school districts across the state saw a drop in scores.
Districts are asking the Department of Education to review test results to make sure there is no error.
In a statement to WINK News, Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith writes, ""Let me state first and foremost that I have the utmost confidence in the accuracy and reliability of the 2010 FCAT results. Multiple reviews by an independent testing expert, The Buros Institute, in addition to our own internal verification procedures, have all confirmed this fact. Taking into account my high level of confidence in the scoring process and the results, in addition to the fact that the lowest performing quartile of students are not scored separately from other students, it is my belief that the data these districts are highlighting is accurate. Our districts have done a tremendous job over the years in increasing the overall level of achievement in the lowest performing quartile of students and as expected, as that achievement rises, it becomes more difficult to reproduce that success year after year. This is the hurdle we are now facing and I am grateful that our school districts are concentrating their efforts and analysis on this extremely important group of students. With that said, I take the concerns from our school districts very seriously and as such I have sought out an additional independent third party reviewer to evaluate the statistical viability of this year's results focusing specifically on this group of students. HumRRO (Human Resource Research Organization) has agreed to conduct this audit and we will publish the results as soon as they are available."
Local teachers are relieved the D.O.E will review test scores.
"There's so much riding on this test and these results," said Barbara Esno, a 5th grade teacher at Franklin Park Elementary School I Fort Myers.
Esno is one of the teachers who saw a decrease in her student's performance.
This despite her students working extra hard to do well on the test.
"We worked with them during our planning periods. Talk to parents after school. I've had conversations with parents at 8pm," she said.
A drop in F-CAT scores could have serious repercussions.
Such as teachers pay, school funding and most importantly, the students.
What classes they take are affected by what test scores they get.
That's why Barbara and educators across the state say there's no room for error when it comes to the F-CAT.
"There's so much banking of these test scores. You have to be concerned with exact and precision," she said.
The Collier County School District says they have not scene an anomaly in their results, so they are not joining other districts in this in issue.
The Department of Education says they hope to have the results of the new review as soon as possible.