The state Board of Education passed a higher FCAT achievement standard this morning. Going forward, new achievement levels for the statewide test will make it tougher for students to earn a passing mark. Marion County School Board member Bobby James says the change is needed, but there isn’t much time to prepare the students.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/James2.mp3]
James says the higher standards may make good school grades harder to maintain.