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Florida educators say that the FCAT will be more difficult this year

TUESDAY, APRIL 05, 2011 15:45 PM

Standardized testing is among the hot button issues facing the education industry. Legislators and professionals in the field are trying to find the delicate balance between rewarding educators and achieving student success.

The Florida Board of Education recently announced that the questions on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) will be more difficult this year, The Gainesville Sun reports.

Sandy Hollinger, who is a deputy superintendent in the state's education system, told the news source that the questions are more rigorous and require students to think critically.

"There is no kind of ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer anymore," Hollinger told the media outlet. "It is not, ‘What is the color of the coat?’ It is like, ‘What kind of environment is this character in?’ and ‘What is the evidence to show that?’"

Officials added that in some cases questions will be asked and answered through a computer. They use depth of knowledge charts to determine how pupils are progressing. For instance, low-level thought is characterized by recalling information. As the test develops, students are required to analyze and provide evidence for their answers.