Why Does the FCAT Suck?

Why Does the FCAT Suck?

My opinions on the FCAT (Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test).

As a student in Florida, we are required to take this test called the FCAT from 3-12th grade. In all grades, we take a Reading FCAT and a Math FCAT. In 4th, 8th, and 12th grade we take the Writing FCAT too! In 5th, 8th, and 11th grade we take the Scient FCAT. It’s just a test with a bunch of multiple choice questions, and some written responses. Well, what good does it do?

The FCAT makes teachers teach towards to FCAT, I hear time and time again our teacher saying “We’re teaching this not for fun but for the FCAT”. Our textbooks must be made to “FCAT standards.” One of my teacher says “We definitely teach to the FCAT, but I can’t do anything.” Teachers and schools get graded by how well their students do on this test. They get their funding from the FCAT. That’s why they really teach the FCAT so hard.Well, so what does teaching to the FCAT do? FCAT tests basic subjects, and I mean REAAAAAAAALLLLLYYY basic. So even though you’re in advanced placement classes (like I am) we still GET TAUGHT THE BASIC OF PROBLEMS! So what does this cause?

You know why Florida has one of the poorest education in the nation? FCAT! It does nothing to help the students, but hurt. You can fail a grade just because of failing the FCAT! Sure you get straight A’s all year, but oops you got a 2 or 3 on the FCAT (FCAT math reading and science is graded on a scale of 1-5 where 1 is bad and 5 is good and 3 is just passing as FCAT writing is graded on a scale of 1-6 where 1 is bad 6 is good and 3.5 is just passing) YOU FAILED THE GRADE! What does this do? All it does is weed out the bad students and fail them.

FCAT doesn’t make you learn more. We are taught how to choose the right answer on the FCAT by using the process of elimination and guessing (WHICH DOESN’T GRADE OUR KNOWLEDGE BUT GUESSING POWERS!) A kid can be the brightest of bright, but have test anxiety, and fail. Yup fail. A dumb kid can be the dimmest of the dim and pass with the best grade. Why? GUESSING!

Yes, the FCAT truly sucks.

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fishfry aka Elizabeth Figueroa, posted this comment on Mar 11th, 2009

I agree with what you wrote, here in NY we have the ELA’s, and it does not matter that a student has been achieving A’s all year long, if they mess up on the ELA, they left back unless they go to summer school. Oh so motivating, to our youth.

ha, posted this comment on Mar 19th, 2009

this is stupid……. because wat if they teacher wasnt able 2 teach everything they needed 2 know. how
would they pass?

sanchez suavvbhjgvbjhbjdf, posted this comment on Mar 19th, 2009

the fcat stinks, it doesn’t help us i hate whoever made it and who supports it they can get a life and stop torturing childern

ha, posted this comment on Mar 19th, 2009

even though the test is sooooooooooooo easy i just dont like takin 2or more days of testing and it seems like it takes 4ever

Steven, posted this comment on Feb 8th, 2010

i agree.
school should be about learning how to live and more about the SAT and ACT. the FCAT doesnt get u into college to make a good life for yourself. Its just a test to earn the higer up school bored assholes more money.
i really dislike greedy people

Lina, posted this comment on Feb 9th, 2010

FCAT means ” Florida Kids are Tortured”

MIGUEL RODRIGUEZ, posted this comment on Jun 1st, 2010

i just got my son fcat result and is a nightmare, these test show how the state of FLORIDA so behind on everithing including education. But it looks like everybody either like to be beat up for these kind of situations and nobody takes action, this state is supose to atract families and and childrens to live here not to turture them, to start with the “RIGHT TO WORK” crap that only protects the employers so they can make more profit out the good people and hard workers, low wages and high rent… So who can afford to go to all those fancy hotels beautyfull beaches and parks. Only the Snow Birds…and who we are? the servants of the “MASTER” or the Slaves That the highest MAN keep us from a good education like on the old times. I had the opportunity to live on a northern state and thats the way they see us like a dumbs REDNECKS, HILLBILLIES, and trust me it make me feel real bad bad bad … PLEASE PEOPLE LETS SHOW THE BIG MAN HOW SMART WE ARE AND DONT LET THEM TAKE ADVANTAGE OF US, LETS SHOW THEM THAT WE ARE NOT JUST “TRUCK DRIVERS” OR “STREET HUSTLERS” BEGGIN FOR MONEY… TO BE CONTINUE

Tiffany J L Alfonso, posted this comment on Jun 9th, 2010

I hate the FCAT, even though I passed the darn thing just to get a flutin’ diploma! It’s also crowding out the arts because they need all the instructional time to teach the meat and veg of the test! UGH!

lina, posted this comment on Oct 4th, 2010

lol

Cali, posted this comment on Feb 24th, 2011

I totally agree. I passed FCAT, but I hate the fact that u have to pass science fcat to go to the 12th grade. I’m good In science but I don’t think it’s fair to penalize 11th graders for not passing science. I hate everything about FCAT. I’m so comitted to my theory that I emailed the school board, about the FCat. But their dumb asses said it’s the law. I mean, are you efffin kidding me?! These people need to start looking at students individually and not by some damn stanardized test that will determine the schools grade and mess up kids life. I think all of them are just Rich ass political bullies who got pushed aroung as little kids, so they minipulate us. How can you undue a law? Is it possible?

Mr. K., posted this comment on Apr 3rd, 2011

I am a teacher in Duval County and you kids are right. The FCAT is ridiculous. Does this mean we don’t need accountability? Absolutely not. Do I have a solution? No. Am I going to teach next year? No.

It is a shame beacause I truly care about you kids. I am a 36 year old male and am burnt out on education. It has everything to do with FCAT. WE AREN’T TEACHING when we focus on this test.

Kids, my message to you is this:
If you want to change this, get together and make a difference. I have faith in today’s youth that they will stand up to the nonsense (in a respectful way of course) and make a difference.

Good luck

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