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Middle school FCAT marks continue to rise

Fcat Middle school reading scores were up at every grade level again this year, according to FCAT data released this morning, extending a trend that has also surfaced in Florida’s performance on national reading tests.

Statewide, the percentage of sixth-graders reading at grade level or above was up three points (to 66 percent), while the percentage of seventh- and eighth-graders reaching the bar was up two points and one point, respectively (to 67 percent and 54 percent.) This year marks the fourth straight that middle school reading scores have shown fairly steady gains, after years of uneven progress.

Other results released by the Florida Department of Education this morning were less clear-cut. The results included math and reading scores for grades 4 through 10, and science scores for the three grades tested in that subject, 5, 8 and 11.

In reading, fourth- and fifth-grade scores were up significantly, but ninth- and 10-grade reading scores were essentially flat (up one in ninth, down one in 10th) after a recent surge.

In math, students posted gains at every elementary grade level, but at the secondary level, two grades posted gains, two posted decreases and one stayed in place.

In science, fifth-graders were up two percentage points (to 46 percent), eighth-graders were up one point (to 41 percent) and 11th-graders fell back a point (to 37 percent.)

The most recent results on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, better known as the “nation’s report card,” also showed Florida middle schoolers making a big jump in reading performance.

See also the DOE's press release for its take on this morning’s results.

Ron Matus, state education reporter


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


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