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FCAT scores up



FCAT scores in reading, math and science show small-to-modest gains statewide in every grade and subject but one, according to results for grades 4-11 released this morning.

Gains were particularly strong for ninth- and tenth-graders in reading, with increases of five percentage points and four percentage points, respectively, over last year's results. Despite the gains, a majority of ninth- and tenth-graders are still not reading at grade level.

This morning's biggest sore point: Fifth-grade reading scores are down five percentage points. But that was the lone drop-off from last year, leading Gov. Charlie Crist and Education Commissioner Eric J. Smith to accentuate the positive.

"Florida's students are to be commended for their hard work and steady progress," Crist said in a press release. "Academic achievement in Florida continues to rise," Smith said.

To see statewide results for reading, math, and science, respectively, click here, here and here. To see district results, click here, here and here.

Parents, you can view your students' scores through the FCAT Parent Network beginning at 6 a.m. Thursday. You'll need the secure login and password provided by your school.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:46am]


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