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FCAT scores dip for Manatee third-graders

MANATEE — Smaller percentages of Manatee County third graders passed Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test reading and math tests compared to their counterparts last year, according to the results released today.

This year, 68 percent of the district’s third-graders read at grade level, compared to 71 percent last year, according to the FCAT scores. Statewide, 71 percent of Florida’s third-graders are considered proficient in reading, a 1 percentage point drop from last year.

In math, 70 percent of Manatee’s third-graders are considered proficient in math, compared to 75 percent last year. Their statewide peers fared better, with a passing rate of 78 percent, a gain from last year’s 76 percent.

The FCAT reading scores play a major part in the promotion of third-graders to fourth-grade. But there are other ways failing students can be promoted, such as attending summer reading camps.

Students who obtain a Level 3 in either subject are considered proficient.

Individual scores will be available to parents at each school district after June 3.

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