MANATEE — Manatee County students fared better in the reading portion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test but not so in math, according to test results released today.
Fifth- and eighth-graders also made improvement in science, but not 11th-graders, the results showed.
In reading, more of Manatee’s fourth-, fifth-, sixth-, eighth- and 10th-graders are considered proficient compared to last year’s results. Fewer third- and 10th-graders are considered at grade level compared to last year. The passing rate for seventh-graders remained the same as last year.
In math, passing rates for Manatee’s third-, fifth-, seventh-, eighth- and 10th graders went down compared to last year. Only the district’s fourth- and ninth-graders made gains, while the sixth-graders’ rate remained the same as last year.
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The results also showed Manatee students lagging behind their peers statewide in reading, math and science.
Statewide, the Florida Department of Education showed that fourth- through ninth-graders in the state made gains in reading but not the 10th-graders. Passing rate for third-graders remained unchanged from last year.
In math, passing rates for most grade levels are up from last year, except for seventh- and eighth-graders. Results for 10th-graders remained the same as last year.
Students scording a Level 3 and higher are considered at grade level. Tenth-graders need to pass the FCAT to graduate high school. If they fail, they still have several chances to retake the tests.