Florida's FCAT scores show gains in upper grades, flat scores in elementary
For years, elementary school students made steady strides on the reading FCAT, while students in upper grades made more modest improvements. Now, to some extent, the reverse is happening.
Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores for lower grades were relatively flat or declining this year, while scores for middle and high school students rose in every grade for the third straight year, according to results released Tuesday.
The year-to-year changes are small. But since 2005, for example, the number of ninth graders reading at grade level has moved from 36 to 48 percent, while the number of tenth graders doing the same has ticked up from 32 to 39 percent.