A new website related to the delays in reporting this year’s Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) results has been launched by the Florida Department of Education. The website hosts a variety of information resources on the issue including:
- Descriptions of the FCAT scoring and validation process;
- Frequently Asked Questions about the delays and other related topics; and
- Links to contractual and procurement documents detailing the selection of the state’s testing contractor, NCS Pearson.
Due to technical issues with Pearson’s database technology, extra time was needed this year to ensure each individual student’s test results matched up perfectly with their demographic information. These technology issues are completely separate from the scoring process, and detailed analyses by the Department, Pearson, and a third party testing expert, The Buros Institute, confirm that this year’s results are both accurate and reliable. To access the website and learn more about the FCAT, visit www.fldoe.org/fcat.asp.