Posted: 6:30 am Monday, May 9th, 2011
By Allison Ross
More than 7,800 Palm Beach County students are breathing a sigh of relief this morning as students across the state today begin the state’s new standardized exam for algebra 1.
And those 7,860 students have Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature to thank.
Scott on Thursday signed a bill that repeals a law that would have required nearly 40,000 Florida students to take the new standardized end-of-course exam. These students are ones who have taken and passed an algebra 1 course prior to this year, and are not currently enrolled in algebra 1.
Thanks to Scott and the Florida Legislature, only students who are currently in algebra 1 this school year will have to take the 160-minute exam, which is on a computer.
Still, the last-minute signing of the bill left many students who had taken algebra as many as three years ago worried that they’d have to take the test this month. The Palm Beach County School District said it had prepared for the test as if the 7,800 students were going to take it.
Florida has been working to phase out some portions of the FCAT and replace them with end-of-course exams. The algebra 1 test that begins today in some districts is the first foray into these end-of-course exams.
About 200,000 students across the state are expected to take the exam.
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