Florida FCAT scores show some improvement

Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, right, and Education Commissioner John L. Winn, left, announces at a news conference that Floridas rising student achievement continues with a record number of third graders reading at or above grade level, Monday, in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) results show three-fourths of all Florida third grade students are reading at or above grade level - the largest number in state history.

The Associated Press
Published: Monday, May 1, 2006 at 12:52 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, May 1, 2006 at 12:52 p.m.

Florida's third graders are making progress in reading and mathematics, according to new scores on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test released Monday by Gov. Jeb Bush and the Department of Education.

Three-fourths of the more than 204,000 third graders passed the reading test, compared to two-thirds who passed it a year ago. And 72 percent passed the grade-level mathematics portion, compared to 68 percent a year ago.

High school students retaking the test in order to graduate continued to struggle, although juniors did the best with a third passing the math portion and 17 percent the reading part. The number of students taking the test after their junior academic year dropped off sharply.

Florida does not allow students to graduate from high school without passing the 10th grade FCAT while third graders who fail the reading portion could be retained.

The test has long been opposed by the Florida Education Association, which believes it leads to many instructors teaching to a test and puts too much pressure on students. The state teachers union has long said the test is OK as a tool to see where students rank, but shouldn't be used to punish students or teachers.

Santa Rosa, Calhoun and Union counties had the highest scores on the FCAT's math portion, while Santa Rosa, St. John's, Wakulla, Clay and Liberty counties recorded the best results on the reading section. All are in north Florida.

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