I wish the Orlando Sentinel’s education blog would provide a little background concerning where they get their information. The blog reports that Education Commissioner Eric Smith likes the idea of scrapping the 11th-grade science FCAT in favor of end-of-course tests. But the blog doesn’t say if this statement happened during a press conference or through a released statement or an interview or what. So, I don’t know what the overall context of this announcement is right now.
It also should be noted that he mentioned biology as a first science subject to possibly get the end-of-course test. But once again, I don’t know if this was an intentional mention, or just off the cuff. I guess we’ll just have to wait for a fuller version of the story to come out.
See this previous post about legislation concerning the science FCAT.