One of the potential drawbacks is attributed to the high pressure imposed on students throughout the year. Going even further then this, as students are being prepared specifically for the testing instead of concentrating simply on general knowledge, the outcome is that students are prepared for the real life experiences, but instead are trained to pass the test.
Among other drawbacks of FCAT are the additional stress imposed on students, inability to prepare for real time world and concentration on skills that enable to pass the test discussed previously. Additionally, FCAT is being criticized for consuming too much of school funding. As schools are often short of financing, other student needs are being sacrificed to test administration.
Even though FCAT required additional financing from the school budget, imposes stress on students, and aside from real knowledge prepares students for passing the test itself, it still is effective if compared with other nation wide testing systems. As students are given an option throughout their study to re-take the exam, it has a positive effect on student knowledge. As the results are used in college admission, FCAT has practical implications. There is a positive relationship between student performance on FCAT and other tests, therefore, student knowledge do improve. Considering the stated above factors, FCAT does contribute to students’ success and, consequently, prepares them better for college. As testing programs are complex and vary with time, it is difficult to evaluate a specific program from the public sources available. As such, the real effectiveness of a test can be estimated only through empirical research.