Students Struggle on FCAT Math & Reading Tests


School has been out for the summer, but students and administrators alike have been waiting for F-CAT and End of Course Scores.

“We’d of liked to have scores earlier; the fact is they’re here. We’re very pleased with scores,” said Dr. Wayne Blanton.

Released Friday; FCAT scores were flat. E-O-C scores increased.

“It’s a mixed bag. I think we’re very pleased with what we saw and assessments we saw gains; end of course assessments. On the other hand we saw some flat scores with FCAT,” said Commissioner of Education Dr. Tony Bennett.

The new FCAT tests were created to focus more on the learning process. The old testing was more memorization.

When students walk into Florida schools, they have something to be proud of. They have some of the highest test scores in the country.

“Florida historically has been the nation’s leader on literacy. Florida’s been the nation’s leader on fundamentals of mathematics,” said Bennett.

Lawmakers passed and the Governor signed into law a bill insuring teachers would receive a pay raise. Educators say more money, better results.

“I think the incentive of additional dollars for this year and next year will produce even better results,” said Blanton.

End-Of-Course scores increased from 58% to 64% for all grades.

The tests are set to change in the 2014-2015 school year.


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