Florida: Lower Grades, Lower Standards

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School officials in Florida have demonstrated why the public education system is making Americans stupid: Student scores on standardized tests dropped, so school officials lowered the minimum passing grade.

According to Click Orlando, the State’s Board of Education decided in an emergency meeting Tuesday to lower the passing grade on the writing portion of Florida’s standardized test after results showed a drop in student scores.

If the passing score had not been lowered, only about one-third of students would have passed this year’s tougher Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test exam, compared with a passing rate of 80 percent or more last year. The lower passing score is expected to increase the number of students passing the exam to 48 percent for fourth grade, 52 percent for eighth grade and 60 percent for 10th grade, still well below last year’s results.

The students’ poor scores were blamed on a tougher writing portion of the standardized test this year that emphasized increased expectations for proper punctuation, capitalization, spelling and sentence structure.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.