The state released this year’s third and twelfth grade FCAT reading scores Wednesday. Students in areas hit hard by last years hurricanes did better than expected.
Even though scores are up, FCAT will keep thousands from going on to the fourth grade or from graduating high school.
Pomp and Circumstance and graduation gowns will not be part of the program for 10,371 Florida high school seniors. Seven percent of this year’s seniors will not graduate because they did not pass FCAT. Last year it was 10 percent.
More than 40,000 third graders also face the possibility of repeating. More than half will meet other criteria to go forward, but after this year test some two thousand could face third grade for the third year in a row.
Jim Warford is the state’s K-12 Chancellor. He says, “We’ve got to focus more resources. We’ve got to test those students to be sure that there is not a learning disability or there is not another problem that is contributing to that issue, and I’m sure that is what’s going on in schools."
Like previous years, parents will not be allowed to see actual test results. Two Bills filed in the legislature this year would have let parents and their students actually see FCAT questions but those bills died without even getting a hearing.
So for now, parents and students will continue to have to accept the test results with no recourse.
One third of the seniors who didn’t graduate because of FCAT last year were admitted to Community Colleges after passing the test last summer or taking the GED.