The numbers behind FCAT retakes
Obviously, there are kids behind most of the budget cuts we write about. And even the smallest-sounding cuts can have a big impact on individual lives.
Every year, thousands of high school seniors retake the FCAT in the summer in the hopes of earning a standard diploma, but as we reported yesterday, that option is now gone.
Students must pass the 10th grade FCAT in both reading and math to earn a standard diploma. Last summer, 8,090 seniors in Florida retook the reading test, and 13 percent passed, according to DOE data, while 1,976 retook the math test, and 20 percent passed.
Students have five opportunities to pass each test before the end of their senior year. They can also retake the test as often as they like after their senior year. As we reported, the DOE says cutting the summer retakes will save about $1.2-million annually. Here are last summer's retake numbers for Tampa Bay area districts:
- Pinellas: 249 took reading, 16 percent passed; 58 took math, 14 percent passed.
- Hillsborough: 361 took reading, 22 percent passed; 61 took math, 31 percent passed.
- Pasco: 80 took reading, 11 percent passed; 21 took math, 33 percent passed.
- Hernando: 31 took reading, 19 percent passed; seven took math, with the passing percentage unknown.
Ron Matus, state education reporter