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FCAT reading test can spoil graduations for English language learners

from The St. Petersburg Tribune

When Rami Abraham came to the U.S. from Syria in 2007, he was looking to turn his life around, graduate high school, enroll in a technical school and embark on a successful career. Yet despite excellent attendance and grades, Abraham, a senior at Enterprise High School in Clearwater, won’t be graduating with his high school diploma at the end of the year unless he passes the reading portion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. And with Florida schools moving to a new standardized test and education standards next school year, both of which promise more reading and writing, passing the test is looking like more of a long shot for students like Abraham, who speak English as a second language. more

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