FCAT Begins for Florida's Students

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

Tallahassee, Florida - April 16, 2012 -

This week is like no other for elementary, middle and high school students in Florida. April 16th is the first day of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, better known at the FCAT.

Students take the FCAT every spring but, this year's assessment test is the FCAT 2.0, which was used last year as well. Administrators say it'll carry tougher standards than the original FCAT.

The tests are used to help determine a child's progress in school.

Watch our live interview with Scotty Crowe, the Curriculum Director for Leon County Schools in the video player above.

A failing grade can affect students in a number of ways. Third-grade students who fail can be retained. Failing grades can also force students to take remedial math or reading classes and eventually keep students from graduating high school.

A 10th grade student must pass the reading portion of the FCAT to graduate, but they get two chances to pass in 11th grade and two more opportunities senior year.

Many concerns have always surrounded the FCAT. Eyewitness News will take a look at those concerns later this evening.

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  • by sad Location: quincy on Apr 17, 2012 at 08:08 AM
    Its sad when so much is placed on other things other than common sense. People cannot count change at local stores, cannot balance a checkbook, cannot speak decent english, cannot ...you get the picture.
  • by Jake Location: Crawfordville on Apr 16, 2012 at 03:23 PM
    As a current Junior in highschool I view the FCAT as being too easy. Having taken it for 7 years now I never felt it to be anywhere near difficult. If anything the bar needs to be raised to prepare us for the ACT/SAT and to challenge those of us who always get near perfect scores.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 17, 2012 at 07:04 AM in reply to Jake
      The FCAT has nothing to do with preparing students for the SAT/ACT. The FCAT has more to do with measuring the school system performance than the actual students performance. You are correct about the FCAT being too easy, and the fact that the state uses this to grade schools means that the teachers have no choice but to make sure students are taught only up to the level of the FCAT and no more so when the FCAT is given the information is fresh on their minds and ultimately this will make the school look good. A teacher with a good room of students may be able to exceed what is expected of them in a given year, but because of the FCAT there is no incentive to do this. Get rid of the FCAT and go back to exams or finals. Bottom line on this is that there is no real incentive for the teachers to push their students to lean anything beyond what is on the FCAT.
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