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FCAT results slump amid changing standards

As expected, lower percentages of Florida students achieved grade-level proficiency on the 2012 FCAT exam after the State Board of Education increased the passing score on this year's more difficult test.

The numbers coming out of school districts so far show that in reading, the percentages of students at Level 3 or better are: 62 percent (fourth grade), 61 percent (fifth), 57 percent (sixth), 58 percent (seventh), 55 percent (eighth). In math, the percentages passing were 60 percent (fourth), 57 percent (fifth), 53 percent (sixth), 56 percent (seventh), 57 percent (eighth). In science, 51 percent passed in fifth grade and 46 percent in eighth.

Other data was released earlier this spring. The official state release of all the results is due later today.

The Pasco school district issued a statement this morning indicating that Pasco students met or exceeded the state average in reading in all grade levels but fifth, as well as in the algebra, geometry and biology end of course exams.

"We do have some areas in math that we need to work on," superintendent Heather Fiorentino told the School Board during its regularly scheduled meeting. She then praised the students and staff for their hard work.

See the state's report on results here. See our developing story here. Note that the state compares this year's outcome to the 2011 scores as if last year's FCAT were evaluated according to this year's new standard and cut score, rather than the one that was in place at the time.

More details as they become available.

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 12:04pm]


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