MANATEE COUNTY -- Third graders in Manatee County have scored below state levels in reading and math on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test or FCAT, according to results released this morning from the state’s department of education.
About 72 percent of the 202,686 Florida students who took FCAT reading passed the test by scoring on grade level or higher. Of the 3,646 students who took the reading test in Manatee County, about 66 percent passed the reading portion of the test.
In math, 72 percent of the 202,686 students statewide passed the FCAT. In Manatee County, 69 percent of the 3,656 students who sat for FCAT math passed the test.
Overall, Florida Education Commissioner Eric Smith said the third grade results show that student performance is about the same in 2011 as it was in 2010.
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“I am very proud of our students’ efforts and the dedicated work of our teachers on this year’s statewide test administrator,” Smith said in a news release. Today’s release of third-grade reading and math scores highlights a very important transition to more demanding tests.”
Smith explained that students were administered the new FCAT 2.0 test for the first time. The new test is based on Florida’s updated, more rigorous curriculum standards adopted by the State Board of Education, he said.