The State of Florida has come to an agreement to replace the FCAT (Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test) with an exam that is said to be more difficult and time-consuming by 2015. According to the Sun Sentinel, the new exam, unlike the FCAT, will no longer be based around multiple-choice questions. Instead, the exam will test the students’ abilities to apply their knowledge by making them show their work and display “higher order thinking skills,” said the Florida Department of Education on Monday.
“Although it doesn’t really seem like that much of a good change, hopefully it can benefit us,” says freshman LJ Lemmers. “Harder questions would probably make us gain more from taking the exam but as of right now, I don’t see the point in changing it.”
The class of 2017 is set to be the first wave of students to take the new exam as sophomores. This new state test will be implementing the new Common Core academic standards and based on results from other states who have started to use the exam, it is more difficult for students to pass and takes longer to complete. Although the exam will be a major change, it supposedly gives the state and its educators a better idea of the level of education Florida’s students are on and will hopefully create a positive impact.
Reported by: David CHA-KIM & Matthew DENO
Graphic by: Matthew PEREZ