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In the student accountability debate, most parents are unaware the test is only part of the equation. An important decision is what score on the test is deemed passing. This is called the cut score and where and how it is set is under review in several states where students are posting lower scores as a result of tougher standards.

One of those states is Florida. The Collaborative for Student Success is wading into Florida's cut score debate with this well-done TV ad. In its statement on the new ad, the Collaborative said:

Earlier this year, the Collaborative launched The Honesty Gap campaign nationally. The initiative exposed the sometimes glaring rift between real student achievement rates as measured by the National Assessment of Educational Progress, broadly considered the Gold Standard of student proficiency measures, and student achievement rates reported by the states.

For the 2013-14 school year, Florida showed a 22-point discrepancy between state reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 16-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

Of course, Georgia has a heck of an honesty gap if NAEP is the standard: For the 2013-14 school year, Georgia had a 60-point disparity between our state proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 53-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

Here is the ad targeting Florida:


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Maureen Downey has written editorials and opinion pieces about local, state and federal education policy since the 1990s.