Here are the results of the FCAT scores for 3rd grade. Amazing improvements across the board. For district details, go to HYPERLINK Below:
~Record number of third graders reading at or above grade level~TALLAHASSEE - Governor Jeb Bush and Education Commissioner John L. Winntoday announced that Florida?s rising student achievement continues with arecord number of third graders reading at or above grade level. FloridaComprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) results show three-fourths of allFlorida third grade students are reading at or above grade level?the largestnumber in state history.?What an outstanding year of progress for our 3rd grade students andteachers. They deserve five gold stars,? said Governor Bush. ?All students,especially minorities, have broken records on the state FCAT and on ournational norm-referenced test, the Stanford 10.?Third Grade Reading and Mathematics GainsSocial promotion for third grade was eliminated in 2001 as a necessaryintervention step to ensure students are able to meet the more rigorousstandards of later grades. Since eliminating social promotion, students areimproving in both reading and mathematics.* Overall, the percentage of third graders reading at or above gradelevel rose 8 percent from last year ? more than double any previous singleyear gain.* 75 percent of third graders are reading at or above grade level(Level 3 and higher), up from 57 percent in 2001.* 73 percent of students repeating third grade improved theirachievement level, up from 62 percent in 2005.* 14 percent of third graders scored in the lowest level (Level 1) inreading, down by more than half from 29 percent in 2001.* 72 percent of third graders are demonstrating mathematics skills ator above grade level (Level 3 and higher), compared to 52 percent in 2001.* 12 percent of third graders scored in the lowest level (Level 1) inmathematics, down from 24 percent in 2001.?These results mean that we have approximately 46,000 more third gradersreading at or above grade level and 48,000 more students achieving inmathematics at or above grade level this year than there were in 2001,? saidCommissioner Winn.Each year, a portion of the FCAT includes a nationally published test, knownas the norm referenced test (NRT), which is used to measure how Floridastudents are performing compared to students nationally. The Stanford 10, isthe nationally norm-referenced test by Florida and serves as an externalvalidation of learning measured by the FCAT. This year, the readingnational percentile rank increased from the 50th percentile to the 61st.This means that, on average, third graders scored better than 61 percent ofthe national comparison sample. In mathematics, the national percentilerank increased from the 62nd percentile to the 67th.?These results validate the achievement gains we have seen on our statetest,? added Commissioner Winn.Closing the Achievement GapFlorida continues to close the achievement gap. African-American andHispanic students again this year made progress, continuing their gains inboth reading and math.* The percent of African-American third graders reading on grade levelhas nearly doubled since 2001. Currently, 61 percent of African-Americanthird graders are reading at or above grade level, up from 37 percent in2001.* Hispanic students made similar increases with 70 percent reading ator above grade level, up from 46 percent in 2001.* More than half, 54 percent, of African-American third graders aredemonstrating mathematics skills at or above grade level, up from 29 percentin 2001.* More than two-thirds, 68 percent, of Hispanic third graders aredemonstrating mathematics skills at or above grade level, up from 44 percentin 2001.?These results show that our elementary students, especially minoritystudents, are showing tremendous gains. However, that success is not alwaysmirrored at the high school level,? said K-12 Public Schools ChancellorCheri Pierson Yecke. ?By implementing reforms proposed this year thatincrease the rigor and relevance of middle and high schools, we will carrythe momentum of success achieved at the elementary school level through tohigh school graduation and postsecondary education.?A++ Plan for EducationIn February of this year, Governor Bush announced recommendations for newmiddle and high school reform measures. The new policies provide students amore rigorous and relevant high school education, better preparing them forpostsecondary education and the workforce. The proposals comprise GovernorBush?s A++ Plan for Education and support many of the recommendations madeby the Florida State Board of Education?s High School Reform Task Force.FCAT Parent NetworkFor the first time ever, parents will be able to view their child's FCATreading and mathematics scores on the Internet by logging on to the FCATParent Network at HYPERLINK"http://www.fcatparentnetwork.com/." This secure site features detailed information on the meaning of the scores and providesresources to improve student performance in the future. Parents willreceive a letter from their child's school with the appropriate login andpassword information. Scores will be posted to the website on Wednesday,May 3, 2006.Promotion and GraduationThe FCAT is not the sole factor for determining a child?s promotion tofourth grade. Parents of third graders in need of additional remediation maylearn more at HYPERLINK"http://www.justreadflorida.com/." The optionsavailable to help third graders achieve their goals include:* Summer Reading Camps ? Reading camps consist of six to eight weeksof intensive, remedial reading instruction.* Reading Mentors ? Mentors work in coordination with the summerreading camps to give participating students more opportunities to improvetheir reading ability.* Families Building Better Readers Workshops ? The workshops provideparents simple ways to improve their child's literacy. The sessions alsohighlight strategies and methods to help their children through the remedialprocess.High school seniors and their parents who want to learn more about theiroptions should visit the 12th Grade Options website at HYPERLINK"http://www.12thgradeoptions.org/". In addition,HYPERLINK "http://www.facts.org/," Florida's one-stop studentadvising system designed by the Department of Education will help highschool students understand their options during and after high school.Students can get all their information in one place, including informationon admission to a four-year college, a two-year degree program at acommunity college, attending a vocational or technical center, registeringfor military service or entering the workforce. FACTS.org provides accessto complete transcripts and academic counseling online at no cost tostudents. Options to help students achieve their goals include:* FCAT Remediation ? Schools offer many opportunities for students toparticipate in intensive remediation programs to help them pass the FCAT,including before and after school programs, summer school, tutoring,intensive reading or mathematics classes and computer assisted instruction.Many students take advantage of this opportunity and retake the FCAT inJune.* Common Placement Test (CPT)-Eligible Certificate of Completion ?Students who meet all requirements for a standard high school diploma exceptearning passing scores on the 10th grade FCAT are eligible to receive theCPT-Eligible Certificate of Completion. Students who choose this option mayenroll directly in one of Florida?s 28 community colleges.* General Educational Development Credential (GED) Preparation/ExitOption ? Students who did not earn passing scores on the 10th grade FCAT maychoose to participate in an adult education program and prepare to take theGED. Students who pass the GED will earn the State of Florida high schooldiploma.* Technical/Vocational Training ? Students will also be counseledabout high demand occupational training programs in which they can enrollwhile pursing their high school diploma.* Community College Acceptance ? Once students earn their GED,CPT-Eligible Certificate of Completion or high school diploma, they areeligible to enroll at a Florida public community college.Providing a quality education for each and every student in Florida isGovernor Bush's priority and the state's most important mission. Florida'sinvestment in the A+ Plan for Education continues to achieve results. Theaccountability in Florida's A+ Plan school grading system ensures the statemeasures the progress of every student in every school each year. Today,more of Florida's students than ever are reading on their own, takingcollege entrance exams, graduating from high school and earning collegedegrees.To view school and district FCAT scores for third and twelfth grade readingand mathematics visit HYPERLINK"http://fcat.fldoe.org/"