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New round of FCAT results due Friday

The year's first big release of FCAT results comes Friday.

The Florida Department of Education has announced it will put out scores for third grade FCAT reading and math, as well as for FCAT writing outcomes for fourth, eighth and tenth graders. The official numbers are scheduled to be posted on the department website around 10 a.m.

Already, though, the word spreading through Florida school districts is that the FCAT writing results for fourth graders, at least, look high -- even with the increased passing score of 3.5 (up from 3.0) and more stringent standards. In a conference call Wednesday with superintendents, department officials reported the strong scores and asked what districts did to foster success.

They did not provide more details, according to district officials who participated in the call.

A year ago, by contrast, state officials were scrambling to deal with poor writing results. They temporarily lowered the passing score to 3.0 soon afterward.

Commissioner Tony Bennett plans to visit Starkey Elementary School in Seminole on Friday to discuss the results in greater detail. In a YouTube video for parents, he said the rest of the FCAT scores should be made public by June 8.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 23, 2013 2:06pm]


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