One parents recollection of what puts the F in FCAT.
“I HATE THE FCAT!!!! Yes, I mean the word “HATE!!” absolutely, positively!!! The poor pubic school teachers are forced to “teach to the FCAT,” which means any other subjects not directly associated with that foul “exam” are sacrificed and murdered. Miranda had NO SCIENCE or HISTORY/SOCIAL STUDIES for over a month at the end of fourth grade, because her poor teacher had “gotten behind” on teaching whatever math or language arts was required for the kids to spit back on paper at the appointed time. She was up until 1 AM doing “spelling words,” which she was too exhausted to remember!!! The principal would begin FCAT test day by personally visiting every classroom to remind the children that if they FAILED …yes, FAILED… the FCAT, they would also FAIL their grade level…even if their report cards showed that they made straight A’s! At the very least, they would be forced to attend summer school. Miranda, who was a straight A student, would get so upset that she would literally throw up and always missed school the day after the test, just to calm her nerves. And, God help us, she didn’t make a PERFECT score, so she would throw up all over again!!!
…want some more rantings from me??? Yes, I will happily support and join and cheerlead any effort to get rid of that STUPID EXAM!!!
Love and Kisses, Crazy Jo”