Less Than a Third of Students Retaking FCAT Pass

By: Eyewitness News; AP Email
By: Eyewitness News; AP Email

Tallahassee, Florida - May 12, 2011 -

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Scores for students retaking the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test show less than a third passing the exam after being given another try.

Of the more than 22,000 12th-grade students retaking the FCAT
reading exam, 15 percent passed. Twenty-one percent of about 7,000
seniors passed a retake in math.

Passing both exams is required to receive a regular high school
diploma.

To pass students must score at least 1,926 points in reading and
1,889 in math. Those scores are at a level two out of five
achievement levels.

Retake scores for students in lower grades were slightly higher,
with 22 percent of 11th-grade students passing the reading retake
and 29 percent passing in math.

Scores for students taking the test for a first time will be
released later this year.


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  • by The Taxpay Yours Location: TallaHaHaHasseee on May 13, 2011 at 07:58 AM
    The solution to this problem is extremely simple and Affirmative: just lower the standards to an Action level that an Embicile could easily pass and your FCAT scores will rise dramatically.
  • by tally lassy Location: tallahassee on May 12, 2011 at 06:13 PM
    Oh and DTH... anyone that fails is required by school law to take remedial reading class every year until they either graduate or pass the test. She was in honors english and remedial reading as strange as that sounds, she read books like moby dick, midsummer nights dream, got A's on all her FCAT prep work that is done online and all her reading tests so you can't just opt out and hope they pass the school makes them take extra FCAT classes for reading (and Math) if they don't pass. with her it was more a medical situation and there is NO appeal process of any kind we talk to DOE and the county only exception is if you can be catagorized as ESE>
  • by Tally lassy Location: tallahassee on May 12, 2011 at 06:05 PM
    Our daughter was honor roll and english honors student for two years during high school. She completed everything from chemistry to anatomy and physiology but could not pass the reading FCAT. She missed by ONE POINT her last time as a senior. She did get her "completion" certificate and mock diploma and will be allowed to go to Jr College but it's stinks that you can go all the way through and do everything but not pass that stupid test and not get a diploma. She is color blind and does have challenges sitting through a test that long so by the end of the day she can't focus. She wasnt bad enough to be classified as ESE who will get a diploma under an exception
  • by Anonymous on May 12, 2011 at 04:42 PM
    Some people were not meant for anything else but an 8th grade education. Even some high school graduates really have nothing more than an 8th grade education, and some even less. It has less to do with school funding, and more to do with parents, mentors, friends, uncles, aunts, grandparents and on and on.
  • by me on May 12, 2011 at 12:50 PM
    And how much do these test apply to REAL LIFE???? It's ridiculous how much emphasis is placed on tests!!! Especially the FCAT.
  • by Anonymous on May 12, 2011 at 12:15 PM
    Yes it's going to get worse and I am a parent of a student who was an Honor Roll Student and couldn't pass the reading portion of the FCAT last year and had to take a GED to be able to attend college, hell I wish I had encouraged her to just take the darn GED test the year before and come out a year earlier.
  • by DTH Location: Tallahassee on May 12, 2011 at 11:36 AM
    I know most Households are Dual Income Family's, I understand that, BUT, you can take away the Cell Phones, Video Games, Ipods, TV's, ETC. and give them a Curfue to be Home on School Nights, make sure their Home Work is DONE before they can Watch TV, etc, etc, etc. BE A PARENT. You Kids are Dumb because YOU LET THEM BE DUMB. When they were given a chance to "RETAKE" the Test, how much studying did you make them do? Nothing on that Test had ANYTHING to do with that Video Game they were Playing.
  • by Anonymous on May 12, 2011 at 11:23 AM
    ITS A RETAKE...These same kids failed the first go round, and only 15% could pass the second time. They got 2 chances to pass, and still failed. Not everyone is made out for school, but some how thats the test, the Governor, or the schools fault? I don't get it.
  • by TRUTH HURTS on May 12, 2011 at 11:17 AM
    Maybe those parents with failing kids need to put in a little more effort on the home front instead of using the teachers/schools as daycares.
  • by Allie Location: Tallahassee on May 12, 2011 at 10:43 AM
    You can blame Scott all you want, but their training happened way before he was even elected. My 8th graders, 4th grade teacher was quick to tell the parents at open house that they were there to teach the students how to pass the FCAT and nothing else. A real morale booster! I think everyone gets a finger pointed at - the student, the parents, the teacher, the school and the government. IS everyone putting in a 100% - I don't think so...
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