Final FCAT results begin to emerge
FCAT results for Florida's fourth- through eleventh-graders have been released this morning.
Because the reading and math standards and the tests have changed, the scores really can't be used to make comparisons from past years. This year's numbers are to set the benchmark for future years. For the most part, the percentages of students scoring at each level 1-5 remain static.
Still, the state did establish equivalent scores for purposes of evaluating the outcomes.
Science results continued to show slow but steady improvement, with larger percentages of students scoring 3 or better at each grade level. Still, those percentages are hovering at or slightly below half.
"I’m very encouraged by the continued progress we are seeing in science, but the overall performance of our students is still far too low," Commissioner Eric Smith said in a press release. "Important changes have recently been made to accelerate this progress, including increased graduation requirements that include critical science courses, our next generation curriculum standards that hone in on core science concepts and our Race to the Top win that has given us additional resources to concentrate on this vital subject area."