That’s the word an official of Florida’s Department of Education used to characterize what the state’s Board of Education did last week when FCAT writing exam scores for 4th, 8th and 10 graders were released and did a free-fall. Only about a third got the minimum passing grade.
I think what he meant was the board “dumbed down” the score so the results weren’t as dismal. That’s certainly what most of the nation believed when the “re-calibration” was announced.
Never underestimate academia’s penchant for snatching words like “re-calibrate” to describe what happened. Obfuscation of the language is what they do best.
Baker County students, incidentally, were right there with counterparts in Florida’s remaining 66 counties. The “passing” percentage here went up when the numbers were “re-calibrated.”
So now, what they’re telling us is the reading portion of FCAT was made more difficult, but made so too swiftly. What tripped up students was the new emphasis on punctuation, spelling and grammar.