Tag Archives: FCAT

In the News: Venezuela’s new president, Climate change risks, ‘Trayvon Martin’ targets, FCAT begins, High Springs surveillance

By on April 15th, 2013 | Last updated: April 15, 2013 at 11:08 am

Nicolas Maduro narrowly wins presidential election in Venezuela – Nicolas Maduro won a slim victory for the Venezuelan presidency. During his campaign, Maduro pledged to continue the socialist transformation former President Hugo Chavez began. Maduro served under Chavez for 20 years. […]

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Florida schools to receive extra $134 million for improved student performances

By on February 26th, 2013 | Last updated: February 26, 2013 at 5:43 pm

This year, Florida schools will receive $134.6 million in performance-related funds, with $2,139,922 of that going to schools in the Gainesville area.

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Florida releases teacher evaluations, Alachua fairs well

By , and on December 7th, 2012 | Last updated: December 13, 2012 at 3:36 pm

In a report released Thursday, many teachers were evaluated based on a new value-added score method and reviews by the principals of their school. Many educators are in an uproar about the scores because of inconsistencies between districts and because many teachers have yet to be evaluated.

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Sweetwater charter elementary faces possible state shut-down

By on November 5th, 2012 | Last updated: November 5, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Sweetwater Branch Academy Elementary School faces possible closure from the state due to two consecutive years of F ratings and poor test scores.

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Education climate reaches new lows as Scott tours state

By on September 17th, 2012 | Last updated: September 18, 2012 at 9:10 am

One week ago, Gov. Rick Scott embarked on a state-wide “listening tour” to talk with Florida’s teachers, parents and students amid state- and nationwide concern about education sparked by the Chicago teachers’ strike. Alachua County teachers union president Karen McCann […]

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Teachers union president talks about how to improve education

By on August 1st, 2012 | Last updated: March 28, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Public education in the State of Florida has been making headlines this year with changes to the state’s standardized test, the FCAT, as well as the recent resignation of Florida education commissioner Gerard Robinson.  WUFT-FM’s Robert Lopez  spoke with Florida […]

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School grades are in and Alachua County’s score drops

By on July 17th, 2012 | Last updated: July 22, 2013 at 4:10 pm

School grades are out, and the Alachua County Public School District got some bad news. The district grade just dropped to a “B”.  The grading system is based off of the past year’s FCAT scores. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Blake Alderman reports officials […]

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FCAT scores affecting more than just students

By on May 18th, 2012 | Last updated: July 23, 2013 at 9:33 am

In a reaction to dramatically lower-than-expected FCAT writing scores from fourth, eighth, and 10th grade students, the Florida Board of Education lowered the passing score. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Brittany Wienke reports that even though students in Alachua County did better […]

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Students prepare to face FCAT

By on April 9th, 2012 | Last updated: July 23, 2013 at 11:06 pm

Some Florida tenth graders will be retaking their FCAT’s this week. With the state having increased it’s testing standards, schools are dedicating more time in the classroom to prepare their students. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Jillian Baach reports on how one […]

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Students begin FCAT 2.0

By on April 11th, 2011 | Last updated: July 22, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Students will take the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test for four days beginning today (4/11). The rebooted FCAT 2.0 is designed to evaluate skills students should be able to master under new state standards. Alachua County Schools Spokeswoman Jackie Johnson says […]

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