Time for annual release of FCAT results to begin
In what has become an annual rite of spring, the Florida Department of Education has scheduled its media briefing on how to translate FCAT results for next week Monday, meaning the actual results won't be far behind. Not Monday, we've been told, because of the 11 a.m. press call, and not Tuesday because the State Board of Education meets. But any time after that is fair game.
First up, as usual, will be third grade reading and math scores -- they're among the few actual gatekeeper tests that the state requires -- and the writing results for fourth, eighth and tenth graders. A year ago almost to the day, as you will recall, the State Board of Education went into crisis mode as it learned that new scoring requirements for the FCAT writing severely reduced passing rates. This year, the passing score has been increased from 3.0 to 3.5.
Without any fanfare, the state on Thursday put out the 12th grade retake results, for seniors who have yet to pass the exit-level test. Statewide, the results were the same year-to-year, 17 percent passing the reading FCAT and 21 percent passing the math FCAT. Locally in the Tampa area, the results were as follows:
District -- Reading 13/Reading 12 -- Math 13/Math 12
Hernando -- 24 percent/27percent -- 29 percent/35 percent
Hillsborough -- 19 percent/21 percent -- 23 percent/23 percent
Pasco -- 19 percent/22 percent -- 26 percent/35 percent
Pinellas -- 19 percent/18 percent -- 21 percent/19 percent