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FCAT scores go up slightly over 2013
Source: Orlando Sentinel, 06/06/14
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By Leslie Postal
Florida students posted slightly higher scores on most FCAT reading, math and science exams taken in 2014 compared with last year, results released today showed.
The 10th-grade reading test is among the most important of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test exams, as students must pass it to earn a high school diploma. This year, 55 percent of 10th graders statewide passed the reading test, up from 54 percent last year and 50 percent in 2012.
Passing means they scored at least a 3 on the five-level exam. The thousands of students who did not pass – including more than 6,000 in Orange County — can take the exam again.
The Florida Department of Education today released FCAT reading scores for grades 4 to 10, FCAT math scores for grades 4 to 8 and FCAT reading scores for grades 5 to 8.
Most showed modest improvements from last year, a trend mirrored by most Central Florida school districts.
In Orange, the biggest improvements were for elementary school math, where the percentage of students scoring at grade level increased from 58 percent last year to 62 percent this year. In Lake County, ninth and 10th graders showed the biggest gains in reading, improving three percentage points so that 53 percent of freshmen and sophomores scored at grade level on that exam.
The scores, key under Florida's school accountability system, are used to help make student class assignment decisions, evaluate teacher quality and grade public schools A to F.
The results released today represent the last from the reading and math sections of FCAT. They will be replaced next year by the Florida Standards Assessments, a new series of standardized tests for language arts and math aligned to the state's new Common Core academic standards.
The new exams are expected to be tougher for students, as they are to rely less on a multiple-choice format and more on questions that require students to write or show how they solved a math problem.