FCAT, end-of-course exam results begin to roll in
UPDATE: Official results have been posted on the state website.
FCAT third-grade results are beginning to trickle in ahead of the state's official release later today. These scores are important, because third graders who score Level 1 in reading may be held back if they cannot demonstrate their grade-level proficiency by an alternate test or a portfolio, unless they qualify for a state-approved exemption.
Early numbers show that 56 percent of third graders statewide demonstrated grade level proficiency of Level 3 or better on the reading exam this year. That's down from 72 percent a year ago, and about on target with state projections of 57 percent passing after the Board of Education increased the passing score this spring.
Under the new, tougher test and scoring standard, 58 percent of third graders scores Level 3 or better on the math FCAT, down from 78 percent a year ago. The passing rate is in line with state projections, which forecast 56 percent of third graders at Level 3 or better in math.
Pasco County officials sounded pleased with their preliminary look at their school results. Pasco third graders slightly outperformed the state average in reading, with 57 percent at Level 3 or better, and 19 percent at Level 1. Pasco's math results were not as strong, with 50 percent at Level 3 or better, compared to the state's 58 percent.
The state also is releasing end-of-course exam results for biology and geometry. These exams are slowly replacing the high school FCAT test, and this year they count for 30 percent of a student's grade. In future years, students will have to pass their EOC's to pass their classes.
This is the first year for the state's geometry and biology end of course exams. Statewide, 49 percent passed each. Pasco students did slightly better, with 50 percent passing each test.