NEWS ALERT: Florida children are not equally prepared

NEWS ALERT: Florida children are not equally prepared

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Florida children are not equally prepared for the challenges of college or today's workforce.

Simply put, Florida is setting its proficiency expectation - also known as cut score - too low. While we can celebrate the fact that Florida student achievement has risen significantly over the past decade, there is a 20-point variation between Florida’s proficiency expectation and the Nation's Report Card. This conveys a false sense of student achievement to parents, teachers and educators. And it comes with consequences:

  • Florida students seeking a bachelor's degree spend up to $65,596 each additional year they don't graduate on time ($20,269 in cost of attendance and $45,327 in lost wages).
  • Only 19 percent of 2014 ACT-tested high school graduates were college ready in all 4 benchmarks--English, Reading, Math, and Science.
  • 65,000 Florida freshmen students entering 2-year colleges require remediation.

Florida can address this issue by setting higher cut scores on its new state assessments. Requiring more of students always will be harder than requiring less, but it’s critical. Achieving proficiency ensures every student graduates prepared for success in college, a career or the military.

You can make your voice heard by emailing Assessment@fldoe.org. Email them today and ask them to set higher proficiency cut scores so every student is prepared for college, a good job or successful military career!

Or speak up at a public meeting:

  • September 16, 2015, 4:30 p.m. ‒ 6:30 p.m.
    Orange County Jones High School (Auditorium)
    801 S. Rio Grande Ave., Orlando, FL 32805-3765

  • September 17, 2015, 2:00 p.m. ‒ 4:00 p.m.
    Florida Department of Education, Turlington Building, Room 1721
    325 W. Gaines St., Tallahassee, FL 32399

Visit www.WhyProficiencyMatters.com/florida for more information and resources.

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