Posts published on April 2, 2010

End Of Course Exams Replace High School Basic Skills Assessments

Florida is one of several state moving away from generic English and math tests that cut across grades, and are not linked to specific high school courses like algebra 2 and biology, A Florida legislative proposal would phase in requirements that students take geometry, biology, algebra II, chemistry or physics by 2013-14. The state would then require students to pass end of course tests in those subjects, phasing in the new exams by 2014-15. Those tests would replace the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, or FCAT. The measure also requires students who start high school in 2013-14 to take at least one online class, orders high schools to offer some college-level courses and would allow students to bypass some courses by taking an end-of-course test