Must-see video: Great students talk about the FCAT negatively impacted their lives

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Here’s a video created by senior Tea’a Taylor from Freedom High School in Orange County, Florida, through the school’s Patriot Productions with help from digital educator Cody Stanley.

The teenager, who has been following the debate about the role of standardized tests for some time, targeted the effect on students of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, the high-stakes evaluation system in the Sunshine State.

In the video she features seven students who are oustanding achievers academically but who failed the FCAT on their first try. The students, who had excelled in honors and Advanced Placement courses, were placed in remedial reading classes, according to Stanley, because of their poor showing on the FCAT. Also in the video is Orange County School Board member Rick Roach, the man who decided to take a testsimilar to the FCAT last year to see why so many excellent students were flunking.

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