Can Florida's high school graduates read at grade level?
The chairman of the Florida House Education committee says more than half don't meet the mark.
"Right now, 50 percent of Florida students leaving high school cannot read at grade level," Rep. Bill Proctor, R-St. Augustine, recently told his hometown newspaper.
Politifact Florida looked into the statement, and found it Mostly True:
"The results for 10th grade reading FCAT show only 39 percent at grade level. Some additional students met that grade level mark through retests or by a sufficient score on the SAT or ACT, which would boost that 39 percent figure. Another way to measure Proctor’s claim is by looking at the percentage who were deemed college ready for reading based on college entrance exams, and that figure was 55 percent for 2009-10."
With the FCAT passing scores going up this spring, the numbers don't look likely to improve.