One of the most anticipated, and sometimes dreaded, weeks of the school year starts Tuesday. Students in most of our surrounding counties will begin the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test or FCAT. Some students took the FCAT writing test in February, but the bulk of FCAT testing starts tomorrow. Grades 3-10 will take various portions of the reading and math test throughout the week. Science testing will take place a week from today on Monday March 16th.
Bay District Officials recommend students get a good night's rest and eat a healthy breakfast before heading to school. Overall they expect testing to go smoothly, because they say students are well prepared.
"We had as a district achieved the ranking of 16th in the state. I know our goal is to be in the top 10. So we hope to do that, but the most important thing is that our students are learning and showing growth and so we hope that every student will be able to demonstrate that on this test this year," said Jan Chapman, Bay District Testing Coordinator.
"He'll be ready. He said he's going to get himself a good breakfast in the morning and be ready to go," said Carol Taylor, Springfield Elementary parent.