Governor Defends F-CAT Graders

TALLAHASSEE, FLA -

Governor Jeb Bush is defending the system that Florida uses to grade the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

The F-CAT is graded by temporary workers hired by a private company. Reports say hundreds of those graders don't have college degrees in fields related to the subjects they're grading.

Democratic Senators Skip Campbell and Les Miller criticize the system, saying their review of employment records of the F-CAT graders shows a popcorn salesman, video store clerk and a janitor. And Campbell questions their credentials for scoring the F-CAT.

But Governor Bush says all of the graders have college degrees and that the system is used by every state.

State education officials insist the graders are qualified because they also have to pass a skills test, attend a training seminar and undergo evaluations.

Currently, the contract with the private firm requires graders, who are paid ten dollars an hour, to have a bachelor's degree. More than 25-hundred people are employed as F-CAT graders.

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