TALLAHASSEE, FLA. -- The state will be releasing more of the scores from this year's FCAT exams on Friday, which is not fast enough for some students.
When the state education commissioner held a telephone conference last week to announce the first batch of FCAT scores, reporters asked all sorts of technical and policy questions. But to the students, there's only one question that really matters.
That question was expressed by student Kendall Barley.
"When do we get our scores?" she asked, during a conference call with the education commissioner ... who sounded a trifle surprised to hear a student on the teleconference.
Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson was quick on the recovery, however, congratulating Barley for being a student, and one who was so involved in her own future.
But he couldn't release the test results. He doesn't have them.
If you call the new FCAT hot line, they don't have them either. Students will be getting their individual grades from the local schools.
On Friday, the state will release more FCAT scores... including the all-important 3rd grade reading exam.
Robinson says this year's scores will be lower because the test is harder and the scoring system has changed.
Third graders who fail the reading exam have to go to summer school or some other form of remediation... and if they don't improve, they have to repeat the third grade.
The state will also be releasing the end of course assessments Friday for algebra, geometry and biology in high school.