Third-Grade FCAT Math and Reading Scores Static

Writing scores show a significant jump on Florida's standardized test

Friday, May 24, 2013  |  Updated 1:03 PM EDT
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FCAT Season Has Arrived

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A protester holds a sign that reads "Florida Child Abuse Test" as he and others rally outside Governor Jeb Bush's Miami office announcing a boycott of major Florida industries and demanding he grant amnesty to high-school seniors who will not get their diplomas because they have not passed the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) May 22, 2003 in Miami, Florida.

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FCAT Season Has Arrived

The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test results determine a school's ranking, contribute to a teacher's salary range, and can determine whether certain students are passed up to the next grade. This year, the test is tougher. Pam Stewart of the Florida Department of Education, parent Tameeka Burke and her son Travis spoke about the FCAT 2.0.
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Third-grade math and reading scores on Florida's standardized test have remained static, while writing scores show a significant jump.
 
Results released Friday show less than two-thirds of Florida's third grade students are performing at a satisfactory level in math and reading on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. There was a 1 percent increase in reading scores and no improvement in math.
 
The Florida Department of Education also released scores for the FCAT in writing. Those results show 58 percent of students in grades four, eight and 10 scored at or above a 3.5, the standard used for school grades. That's an increase of four percentage points over the previous school year.
 
Commissioner Tony Bennett said the flat third-grade reading performance requires attention and vowed to work with districts.

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