Thursday, 26 April 2007 01:00
FCAT Round-upWritten by WGCU Newsroom
The Florida Department of Education released district-by-district scores for the 2007 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test’s Writing Exam Wednesday.
This is the first year students have received scores that include their performance on a new multiple-choice portion of the FCAT writing test.
Results on the essay portion – which students have been taking for years – show a slight increase versus a year ago. But the combined scores statewide aren’t as rosy. Education Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg.
“The results for this year are that in grade 4 60-percent of the students are at or above grade level…that’s level 3 and above on writing skills. In 8th 45-percent of students are at or above grade level. And grade 10 49-percent are at or above grade level.”
Blomberg says individual school grades will be calculated on essay scores only. But that the combined scores will eventually be used to determine if high school students can graduate.
Beginning with the class of 2010 all students will have to score 300 or better on the combined FCAT writing test to graduate. The requirement does not affect this year’s 10th graders… only 49-percent of which met the standard.
Here in Southwest Florida: Charlotte Sarasota County students surpassed the state average – Lee County was almost exactly average…while students in Glades, Hendry and Collier Counties all scored below the statewide numbers.