TALLAHASSEE — Days before releasing delayed FCAT scores, the Florida Department of Education on Friday unveiled a website aimed at reassuring the public that the results can be trusted.
School districts statewide will get student scores Monday evening, barely in time for the deadline promised by test administrator NCS Pearson.
The company has missed every release deadline set by the state and faces millions of dollars in fines, but state officials insist that the scores will arrive and they will be accurate.
“It is vital that parents, educators and school districts across the state have trust in the accuracy and validity of their students’ FCAT scores,” said state Education Commissioner Eric Smith.
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By Tuesday morning, information on school and district performance on the fourth- through 10th-grade math and reading tests; fifth-, eighth- and 11th-grade science and fourth-, eighth- and 10th-grade writing should be available online.
Pearson has vowed to pay the cost of mailing results to parents, as well as cover any other expenses that districts must bear.
The DOE’s new website, www.fldoe.org/fcat.asp, includes letters to and from Pearson, information on how the tests were scored, details on how the scores are validated and documents dealing with the $254 million contract with the company, which runs through November 2013.