High school seniors who need to pass the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test to graduate this month and next got the news Thursday on how they scored on the most recent exit exam retake.
Twenty percent of those retaking the reading section statewide passed, while 26 percent retaking the math portion passed. Last year, 16 percent of them passed the reading test (up from 15 percent) while 32 percent passed math (up from 26 percent).
Fewer students took the exams this year than last. The results show that 22,895 took the reading section (compared to 24,069 a year ago) and 8,540 took the math part (compared to 9,971).
Locally, here's the breakdown of percent passing:
Pinellas: 20 percent, reading; 21 percent, math.
Hillsborough: 19 percent, reading; 22 percent, math.
Pasco: 21 percent, reading; 30 percent, math.
Hernando: 30 percent, reading; 32 percent, math.
Students have six opportunities to pass the FCAT before graduation. They also may substitute their SAT or ACT scores for the graduation requirement, if they achieve a score set by the Board of Education. Otherwise, they receive a certificate of completion but no diploma.
Individual student scores should be released soon.
To see county-by-county retake results, check out fcat.fldoe.org/fcinfopg.asp.