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Florida to set passing score on high-stakes test

Posted at 7:57 AM, Jan 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-06 07:57:09-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's education officials are going to set passing scores for the state's new high-stakes test.

The State Board of Education will meet Wednesday and vote on what students should earn on tests in reading and math, as well as end-of-course exams given in Algebra and Geometry.

The results will be used to assign school grades.

Education Commissioner Pam Stewart has made her own recommendations, but some board members say they want tougher passing scores.

Stewart recommended scores for most grades that would guarantee that a majority would receive a passing grade on the tests. If Stewart's recommendations are adopted, it would mean about 51 percent of 10th graders would pass the test needed for graduation.

Last year was the first time Florida used a new test that is linked to standards largely based on Common Core.

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