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Early third-grade FCAT results mixed

Third-grade results for the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test are dribbling out this week, with some school districts releasing the district­wide percentage of students passing the math and reading exams.

The third-grade reading FCAT is important because students who fail to score at least a Level 2 on a 1-5 scale are at risk of being retained.

The Florida Department of Education released individual student results to districts Tuesday, but did not release summary information to the public at the same time. School-by-school results and statewide figures are expected today.

Department spokesman Tom Butler said delays are due to a string of minor issues with the new testing contractor, Pearson. He said there are no problems with the scores and/or the scoring process.

Here's what is known so far for some of the districts around Tampa Bay:

Pinellas: Third-graders did slightly better on reading this year, but for the second year in a row took a step back in math. Seventy-four percent scored at grade level or above (that's a 3 or above) on the reading test, up 2 percentage points from 2009. Of those who fell short, 1,139 are at risk of retention.

Meanwhile, 74 percent scored at grade level or above on math, down from 77 percent in 2009 and 78 percent in 2008.

Hillsborough: Seventy-one percent of third-graders scored a passing grade of 3 or better in reading, up 3 percentage points from last year, according to a preliminary district analysis. The percentage of students passing the math section held steady at 76 percent.

Pasco: Seventy-one percent of third-graders passed the FCAT reading test this year, with the same percentage demonstrating grade-level proficiency on the math portion of the exam, too, the district reports. Last year, 72 percent passed the reading section.

For more education news, visit the Gradebook at blogs.tampabay.com/schools.

Early third-grade FCAT results mixed 05/26/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:13pm]
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