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Struggling Florida Students Will Have “ReadingPals”

An early literacy initiative called “ReadingPals” will have three years to flourish in Florida thanks to a $3-million grant. Local chapters of the United Way of Florida will use the money to train and deploy volunteer “ReadingPals.” The program is designed to increase the number of students reading at grade level by the end of […]

The Secret Lives of Students: Learning ‘Tricks’ to Pass the FCAT

For today’s installment in our series, The Secret Lives of Students, we hear about tricks students have learned to pass the FCAT.

Editor’s note: This post was written by middle school student Asatta Mesa who is participating in the summer school program, Breakthrough Miami.

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 […]

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