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Commissioner Bennett Sees Mixed Bag In Student Test Results

Education Commissioner Tony Bennett is responding like a disappointed dad to news that Florida students did a little bit better on their standardized tests this year, but not as well as he would have liked. The Florida Department of Education released results in FCAT 2.0 and End-of-Course (EOC) assessments today. They show across-the-board improvement on EOC assessments, […]

Bennett Ready To ‘Drill Into The Data’ To Improve FCAT Reading Scores

Education Commissioner Tony Bennett is talking about today’s Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) results. The Florida Department of Education (DOE) released results from 3rd grade Reading and Mathematics assessments as well as FCAT 2.0 Writing for grades 4, 8 and 10. “While we have relatively static third grade reading and math scores, we think the writing […]

FCAT Writing Scores Show Improvement

The Florida Department of Education (DOE) has posted the results of FCAT 2.0 Writing and 3rd Grade FCAT 2.0 Reading and Mathematics assessments. Overall, FCAT 2.0 Writing in grades 4, 8 and 10 improved. Students don’t need to pass the writing test to advance to the next grade. But, the percentage of students scoring at […]

State Setting Standards For New Biology, Geometry and Science Assessments

Education leaders are taking public input this week on plans to set new achievement level standards for Florida students. The state is transitioning from the FCAT to the FCAT 2.0 and Florida End-of-Course (EOC) assessments. These tests will measure student achievement of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS). Minimum standards must be in place […]

State Rep. Says Governor is Posing as an Education Advocate

A Florida congressman says Governor Rick Scott is starting to sound more like an education advocate — but he doesn’t buy it. State Representative Dwight Bullard (D-Miami) issued the following statement after Scott’s announcement this morning that he wants to reduce teacher paperwork and cut unnecessary regulations in education. It’s becoming more and more difficult to know […]

State Puts Positive Spin On FCAT 2.0 Scores

Florida students did better than expected in reading and math, according to a Florida Department of Education analysis of the latest batch of Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test results. The department  released FCAT 2.0 scores today in elementary and middle school reading, math and science. Results for 2012 FCAT 2.0 Reading show 59 percent of students […]

How Many Third Graders Will Be Held Back for Low FCAT Reading Scores?

More third graders failed the state’s FCAT reading exam than last year — as state education officials warned. A total of 36,577 third graders — or about 18% of all third grade test takers in the state — failed the FCAT 2.0 reading exam, which is a new, tougher version of the FCAT. The year […]

More FCAT 2.0 Results Released

The Florida Department of Education has released more FCAT scores. The results are far less painful than the preliminary writing scores we saw earlier this week. The state announced results for ninth and tenth grade FCAT 2.0 Reading and FCAT Writing. Results from test retakes were also included. Some observations: 50 percent of students in […]

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