LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The FCAT is being phased out as the state's standardized test for students, but what's replacing it next year has some educators worried.
After being the standardized test for public schools in Florida for 16 years, the FCAT will make way for another form of testing next spring. The new test is based largely on Common Core standards.
Education leaders say replacing FCAT 2.0 will give teachers the flexibility to make their own decisions in the classroom. WINK News is learning the new test will have more than just multiple choice questions. Each school district will also be able to set its own performance standards, and the cost per test and per student is expected to decrease by a couple of dollars.
However, a Lee School District spokesperson said a concern among some superintendents is the fact that this test has only been field tested in one state, Utah, and some educators aren't sure whether that's a comparable population to Florida.
The biggest concern is for the ESOL (English as a Second Language) students.
Florida is spending $220 million for the six-year contract with American Institutes for Research to develop the test.
Despite the new test format, the guidelines for graduation and promotions will stay largely the same.