Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Education Commissioner John Winn Admits that Democratic Senators Miller, Campbell Were Right to Question FCAT Graders' Credentials

After Senators Les Miller (D-Tampa) and Skip Campbell (D-Tamarac) forced the release of information about the qualifications of the people grading the FCAT, an initial examination revealed a disquieting lack of appropriate and verifiable credentials.

Under pressure from these revelations, Florida Education Commissioner John Winn (see photo) agreed that workers hired to grade Florida's public school assessment test should have some background in the academic subjects they are scoring. However, he is insisting that there is no problem with scores handed out by the graders in past.

"We are constantly monitoring the scoring as they're happening," said DOE spokeswoman Cathy Schroeder.

However, it seems only a matter of time before a parent of student who failed the FCAT sues over the revelations about the graders questionable qualifications.


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