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FCAT results show increase in academic achievement across the state

TALLAHASSEE — There was an increase in proficiency in middle and high school students in reading, writing and math, according to newly released Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores.

Elementary grade levels remained relatively flat in writing, according to the scores.

There were gains in all grade levels — fourth through 11th — in science, state officials said.

Manatee students in seventh, ninth and 10th grades scored higher in reading from 2009. Students in sixth, seventh, eighth and 10th grades scored higher this year in math.Elementary students in Manatee didn't do as well, according to the reading and math scores. Students in fourth and fifth grades scored lower in reading but science scores in elementary were higher. Students must score at level 3 or above to be 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. Only fifth, eighth and 11th-graders take the science tests, and those results are counted toward a school’s grade.

“I believe strongly that these increases are a sign of great things to come as the recent reform efforts to our accountability and school support systems take root and accelerate this progress at a more rapid pace.” said state Department of Educator Commissioner Eric Smith.

The 2010 FCAT release, except for third grade, was delayed because of problems with the testing contractor's computer system. Extra time was needed to ensure students' results matched their demographic information, state leaders said. Third-grade scores were released on May 27.

To view school, district and state FCAT reports, visit http://fcat.fldoe.org/mediapacket/2010.

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