We made a stop at two schools Friday, one trying to pull up its grade, while the other is proving it's never too early to start studying.
Mixing, measuring and mapping out meters; second graders at Kate Sullivan Elementary are putting academics into action.
While these kids won't actually take the FCAT this year, they are building the basic skills necessary to master the test when the third grade rolls around.
"Help them prepare for the FCAT, give them hands on so they can apply when they take the test," explains second grade teacher Jan Gove.
Across town, the Panthers of Bond Elementary are fired up about the FCAT.
Bond brought home a "D" grade last year, but teachers say they've been working hard to turn that score around and tame the FCAT.
Monday, grades three through five make up the first round of testing, in reading and math.
The FCAT testing window is from March 1 through 12. The Department of Education is working to provide results by the end of May.