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Higher percentages of seniors pass the FCAT

FcatIt's sad but true: FCAT scores for high school seniors who have to retake the test because they failed it in the past are never that good, and this year is no exception.

Statewide, 16 percent of them passed the reading portion of the test (up from 15 percent) while 32 percent passed the math portion (up from 26 percent), according to scores released this morning by the Department of Education.

Twelfth graders must pass both the reading and math portions of the 10th grade FCAT to graduate. They must also earn enough course credits and a passing GPA. Many who fail the FCAT also fail to meet the other requirements.

This year, 24,069 seniors retook the reading test, while 9,971 retook the math.

Here's the breakdown for Tampa Bay:

  • Pinellas: 19 percent passed reading and 33 percent passed math.
  • Hillsborough: 15 percent passed reading and 33 percent passed math.
  • Pasco: 19 percent passed reading and 43 percent passed math (up 9 percentage points from last year).
  • Hernando: 21 percent passed reading and 35 percent passed math.

Students have six chances to pass the 10th grade FCAT before they graduate, and can continue to take it as many times as they want after their senior year. They can also substitute comparable scores on the ACT or SAT.

Students who fail the FCAT (or fail to get a comparable score on the ACT or SAT) but who meet the other graduation requirements get a certificate of completion instead of a standard diploma.

To see the full breakdown, download this report. The FCAT Parent Network will be updated with individual student reports on Tuesday.

- Ron Matus, state education reporter

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:42am]


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