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Manatee students slip in FCAT math, gain in reading

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.

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.

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