Florida’s Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT), newly revised for the 2010-2011 school year, has been scaled back after the number of students ineligible to advance under current guidelines has jumped significantly.
Nearly 37,000 third grade students, up from 32,500 a year ago, failed to pass the FCAT reading exam. The test is also administered to Florida students in other grade levels, though the passing standard was raised this past December.
Students who do not pass typically have options: they can take part in an “alternative skills assessment”, like summer school or a work portfolio. This will allow them to stay on track in advancing to the next grade level while they receive the individual help they may need.
Fourth graders, who must take the FCAT writing portion, were also not meeting set standards. Just 27 percent of fourth graders received a passing score before the state decided to increase the threshold, allowing for an 80% pass rate.
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