Will my Florida third-grader have to repeat the grade?

The first day of third grade class at a Pasco County elementary school. [Times | 2015]
The first day of third grade class at a Pasco County elementary school. [Times | 2015]
Published May 22 2018

More than half of Florida's school districts end classes this week and head to summer break.

Their third graders still don't know whether they've earned promotion to fourth grade: Their results on the state language arts test, a requirement for advancement, have yet to be released.

And they might not get the news until May 31.

That's the deadline lawmakers set for the distribution of scores from the high-stakes exam. And because of a two-week delay in testing, stemming from two hurricanes that hit the state, it's possible that the Department of Education could come closer to that date than in years past.

In 2017, third-grade results were already delivered by May 19.

"We are working as quickly as we can," department spokeswoman Cheryl Etters said. "We know people want results."

But the department has not set a specific release date, leaving many families on edge even as third grade comes to a close.

The state did release 10th grade language arts and Algebra I retake results on May 11, so seniors who had yet to complete those graduation requirements would know if they qualified for a diploma.

Other end-of-course and Florida Standards Assessment scores are due no later than June 30.

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