Miami Teacher's Oppose FCAT

K-12 Testing

In a detailed survey, Miami-Dade teachers expressed strong opposition to the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Eighty-seven percent said decisions should not be based on a single test, though the FCAT is now a graduation exam. Three quarters believe classroom grades should determine student promotion, and two-thirds think grades should determine high school graduation. Eighty-two percent said the test unfairly impacts minorities, and 74% think there is too much teaching to the test, with 62% concluding this hurts the quality of education. At the same time, 72% disagreed with the claim that the state’s reforms are improving education, 77% disagreed that the tests are not taking away too much time, 74% disagree that the money is well spent, and 58% disagreed with the statement that student motivation had improved. Nearly one-third of the teachers said they were thinking of leaving the profession. While only half those surveyed returned the questionnaire, the strength of opinions from those who did respond indicates discontent is widespread.


• Office of Research, Miami-Dade County Schools, 1500 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132