FCAT retake results released
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:
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.