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Florida third-graders learn whether they passed or failed FCAT

Fcat Heads up, Florida third graders. Today's the day many of you learn whether you get to move on to fourth grade.

The state released third-grade FCAT scores today, giving schools a bit of time before the last day of classes to give the kids who failed the reading section -- that would be 17 percent of the 205,135 students taking the test -- one more chance to earn promotion.

A year ago, 16 percent of the state's 204,251 third graders did not earn a passing score on the annual gatekeeper exam.

They still have several routes into the fourth grade, including a portfolio assessment and a strong performance on the alternate SAT-10 test. Kids taking that exam have little time to prepare, though. It's being offered tomorrow in Hillsborough schools, and next week Wednesday and Thursday in Pasco schools.

Education commissioner Eric J. Smith said he was pleased that third-graders continue to narrow the achievement gap in math. He added that he expected better reading scores moving ahead, after showing little movement for the past couple of years.

“Although it appears we’ve reached a plateau with this year’s reading results, I’m confident Florida is poised to push forward with new initiatives and strategies that are specifically defined to move student achievement to the next step,” Smith said in a news release.

How'd our local kids do? Read on for the breakdown.

READING:

Hernando: 13 percent at level 1 (12% last year) / 75 percent at level 3 and above (76% last year) / 320 average score (317 last year)
Hillsborough: 19 percent at level 1 (17% last year) / 68 percent at level 3 and above (71% last year) / 310 average score (312 last year)
Pasco: 17 percent at level 1 (17% last year) / 72 percent at level 3 and above (72% last year) / 313 average score (311 last year)
Pinellas: 16 percent at level 1 (15% last year) / 72 percent at level 3 and above (72% last year) / 315  average score (314 last year)

MATH:

Hernando: 9 percent at level 1 (8% last year) / 77 percent at level 3 and above (78% last year) / 336  average score (334 last year)
Hillsborough: 11 percent at level 1 (11% last year) / 76 percent at level 3 and above (74% last year) / 334 average score (330 last year)
Pasco: 13 percent at level 1 (14% last year) / 72 percent at level 3 and above (69% last year) / 326  average score (318 last year)
Pinellas: 10 percent at level 1 (9% last year) / 77 percent at level 3 and above (78% last year) / 336 average score (334 last year)

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:24am]

    

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