FCAT season is here! Tuesday kicks off the first day of testing for the Florida Comprehensive Assessment test.
Florida students in 4th, 8th and 10th grade will be tested on their writing skills.
Bay District Schools' Assessment and Accountability Coordinator, Jan Chapman, says students have been preparing for the 45-minute assessment since the beginning of the school year.
The test does not measure advancement to the next grade, but it does play into individual school grades.
It also shows educators how well their students are able to write; a skill Chapman says is crucial.
"Writing is a skill that all the research shows underlies all other disciplines. If you can write well then you should be able to be proficient in all the disciplines so this is an important type of diagnostic assessment for teachers to look at," said Chapman.
According to Chapman, all 9th, 11th and 12th grade students at Bay County high schools, except Bozeman, will have a delayed start time of 9:30a.m. Tuesday.
10th grade students will report on time for testing and then resume their usual school day. Students will be released from school at their usual time.