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FCAT retake results released

Fcat High school seniors who need to pass the FCAT to graduate this month and next get the news today on how they scored on the most recent exit exam retake.

The news is not great.

Just 20 percent of those retaking the reading section statewide passed, while 26 percent retaking the math portion passed. (See county-by-county results for more details.) Last year, 16 percent of them passed the reading test (up from 15 percent) while 32 percent passed math (up from 26 percent).

If there's a bright side, fewer students took the exams this year than last. The results show that 22,895 took the reading section (compared to 24,069 a year ago) and 8,540 took the math part (compared to 9,971).

Locally, here's the breakdown of percent passing:

Hernando - 30 percent (reading) / 32 percent (math)
Hillsborough - 19 percent (reading) / 22 percent (math)
Pasco - 21 percent (reading) / 30 percent (math)
Pinellas - 20 percent (reading) / 21 percent (math)

Students have five opportunities to pass the FCAT before graduation. They also may substitute their SAT or ACT scores for the graduation requirement, if they achieve a score set by the Board of Education. Otherwise, they receive a certificate of completion but no diploma.

Individual student scores should be released soon.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:22am]


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