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Good FCAT score? Gov. Rick Scott wants to congratulate you



Individual students' FCAT score reports begin arriving in the schools on Tuesday, and this year several will include a little something extra. Gov. Rick Scott is sending a congratulatory note to all the children who scored Level 3 or above on any section of the annual test.

It says:

"As Governor, I want to commend you for your excellent work on the statewide assessment. Your efforts and the outstanding work of your teachers have led to your on-grade-level performance on this important assessment. I am proud of your hard work this year, and I know your teachers and family are proud of you as well. I encourage you to keep up the good work. Doing well in school is the first step to success in life, and your progress this school year indicates that you are gaining the skills you need to pursue the education and career of your dreams."

Students who earned a perfect score will also get a certificate of achievement signed by the governor.

This is the first time that a letter from the governor will accompany test reports. Scott, who is seeking reelection in 2014, recently has turned his attention toward improving education and winning support from education advocates. He pushed hard to get teacher raises included in the 2013-14 state budget, and also touted his efforts to put more money into the education budget.

In his first year, Scott signed a budget cutting education funding by about $1 billion.

Parents will be able to get their children's FCAT reports as soon as the schools receive and sort them. Hillsborough schools plan to make them available for pickup during business hours, while Pasco schools have in the past mailed them home.

[Last modified: Monday, June 10, 2013 10:31am]


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