JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It could get harder for kids to succeed at the FCAT next school year.
Action News first told you last week that State Board of Education is considering upping the proficiency level for the writing portion of the test.
"It would have huge implications for the district and for the community," said Jason Rose with the Jacksonville Public Education Fund.
The State Board of Education is considering changing the proficiency level for writing from 3.0 to 3.5. Rose said it's a jump that sounds small, but would come with a big fallout.
"A ton of students score in that 3.0-3.5, 2.5 range. There's a lot of students in that range, so if you move the threshold a little bit, you're going to all of a sudden have a lot of students on the other side of the line," said Rose.
Rose says the number of "F" schools locally will increase drastically, causing added problems for the district and confusion for the students. Right now Duval County has two "F" schools. That could climb to 20.
"There will be a huge perception issue in the community that Duval County schools are failing and not improving, which, they are improving. From the district already working on a tight budget, it brings on a lot of additional accountability measures," Rose said.
While he agreed it is important to continue raising standards, he said it should be phased in slowly.
"The answer is to decide is this test well aligned? Do we need to push for these higher standards? And if so, is there some transition year measure that we can implement this year that will raise the bar slightly higher, but not all the way up," said Rose.
Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti said if these changes are implemented the number of "F" schools statewide will increase to 100.
During a meeting in Tampa Tuesday, the State Board agreed to take another look at the FCAT rating system before moving forward with the changes.