Governor Bush and Commissioner Winn Announce FCAT Results for 3rd and 2nd Grades

Here are the results of the FCAT scores for 3rd grade.  Amazing improvements across the board.  For district details, go to HYPERLINK Below:

http://fcat.fldoe.org/       

~Record number of third graders reading at or above grade level~

TALLAHASSEE - Governor Jeb Bush and Education Commissioner John L. Winn
today announced that Florida?s rising student achievement continues with a
record number of third graders reading at or above grade level. Florida
Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) results show three-fourths of all
Florida third grade students are reading at or above grade level?the largest
number in state history. 
 
?What an outstanding year of progress for our 3rd grade students and
teachers.  They deserve five gold stars,? said Governor Bush. ?All students,
especially minorities, have broken records on the state FCAT and on our
national norm-referenced test, the Stanford 10.?
 
Third Grade Reading and Mathematics Gains
 
Social promotion for third grade was eliminated in 2001 as a necessary
intervention step to ensure students are able to meet the more rigorous
standards of later grades.  Since eliminating social promotion, students are
improving in both reading and mathematics.  
 
*       Overall, the percentage of third graders reading at or above grade
level rose 8 percent from last year ? more than double any previous single
year 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 their
achievement level, up from 62 percent in 2005.  
*       14 percent of third graders scored in the lowest level (Level 1) in
reading, down by more than half from 29 percent in 2001. 
 
*       72 percent of third graders are demonstrating mathematics skills at
or 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) in
mathematics, down from 24 percent in 2001. 
 
?These results mean that we have approximately 46,000 more third graders
reading at or above grade level and 48,000 more students achieving in
mathematics at or above grade level this year than there were in 2001,? said
Commissioner Winn. 
 
Each year, a portion of the FCAT includes a nationally published test, known
as the norm referenced test (NRT), which is used to measure how Florida
students are performing compared to students nationally. The Stanford 10, is
the nationally norm-referenced test by Florida and serves as an external
validation of learning measured by the FCAT.  This year, the reading
national percentile rank increased from the 50th percentile to the 61st.
This means that, on average, third graders scored better than 61 percent of
the national comparison sample.  In mathematics, the national percentile
rank increased from the 62nd percentile to the 67th.  
 
?These results validate the achievement gains we have seen on our state
test,? added Commissioner Winn.
 
Closing the Achievement Gap
 
Florida continues to close the achievement gap.  African-American and
Hispanic students again this year made progress, continuing their gains in
both reading and math.  
 
*       The percent of African-American third graders reading on grade level
has nearly doubled since 2001.  Currently, 61 percent of African-American
third graders are reading at or above grade level, up from 37 percent in
2001.
 
*       Hispanic students made similar increases with 70 percent reading at
or above grade level, up from 46 percent in 2001.
 
*       More than half, 54 percent, of African-American third graders are
demonstrating mathematics skills at or above grade level, up from 29 percent
in 2001.
 
*       More than two-thirds, 68 percent, of Hispanic third graders are
demonstrating mathematics skills at or above grade level, up from 44 percent
in 2001.
 
?These results show that our elementary students, especially minority
students, are showing tremendous gains. However, that success is not always
mirrored at the high school level,? said K-12 Public Schools Chancellor
Cheri Pierson Yecke.  ?By implementing reforms proposed this year that
increase the rigor and relevance of middle and high schools, we will carry
the momentum of success achieved at the elementary school level through to
high school graduation and postsecondary education.?  
 
A++ Plan for Education
 
In February of this year, Governor Bush announced recommendations for new
middle and high school reform measures. The new policies provide students a
more rigorous and relevant high school education, better preparing them for
postsecondary education and the workforce.  The proposals comprise Governor
Bush?s A++ Plan for Education and support many of the recommendations made
by the Florida State Board of Education?s High School Reform Task Force. 
 
FCAT Parent Network
 
For the first time ever, parents will be able to view their child's FCAT
reading and mathematics scores on the Internet by logging on to the FCAT
Parent Network at HYPERLINK
"http://www.fcatparentnetwork.com/." 

 This secure site features detailed information on the meaning of the scores and provides
resources to improve student performance in the future.  Parents will
receive a letter from their child's school with the appropriate login and
password information.  Scores will be posted to the website on Wednesday,
May 3, 2006.
 
 
 
Promotion and Graduation
 
The FCAT is not the sole factor for determining a child?s promotion to
fourth grade. Parents of third graders in need of additional remediation may
learn more at HYPERLINK
"http://www.justreadflorida.com/." The options
available to help third graders achieve their goals include:
 
*       Summer Reading Camps ? Reading camps consist of six to eight weeks
of intensive, remedial reading instruction. 
*       Reading Mentors ? Mentors work in coordination with the summer
reading camps to give participating students more opportunities to improve
their reading ability.
 
*       Families Building Better Readers Workshops ? The workshops provide
parents simple ways to improve their child's literacy. The sessions also
highlight strategies and methods to help their children through the remedial
process.
 
High school seniors and their parents who want to learn more about their
options should visit the 12th Grade Options website at HYPERLINK
"http://www.12thgradeoptions.org/".  In addition,
HYPERLINK "http://www.facts.org/," Florida's one-stop student
advising system designed by the Department of Education will help high
school students understand their options during and after high school.
Students can get all their information in one place, including information
on admission to a four-year college, a two-year degree program at a
community college,  attending a vocational or technical center, registering
for military service or entering the workforce.  FACTS.org provides access
to complete transcripts and academic counseling online at no cost to
students.  Options to help students achieve their goals include:
 
*       FCAT Remediation ? Schools offer many opportunities for students to
participate 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 in
June.
 
*       Common Placement Test (CPT)-Eligible Certificate of Completion ?
Students who meet all requirements for a standard high school diploma except
earning passing scores on the 10th grade FCAT are eligible to receive the
CPT-Eligible Certificate of Completion. Students who choose this option may
enroll directly in one of Florida?s 28 community colleges. 
 
*       General Educational Development Credential (GED) Preparation/Exit
Option ? Students who did not earn passing scores on the 10th grade FCAT may
choose to participate in an adult education program and prepare to take the
GED. Students who pass the GED will earn the State of Florida high school
diploma. 
 
*       Technical/Vocational Training ? Students will also be counseled
about high demand occupational training programs in which they can enroll
while pursing their high school diploma.
 
*       Community College Acceptance ? Once students earn their GED,
CPT-Eligible Certificate of Completion or high school diploma, they are
eligible to enroll at a Florida public community college. 
 
Providing a quality education for each and every student in Florida is
Governor Bush's priority and the state's most important mission. Florida's
investment in the A+ Plan for Education continues to achieve results. The
accountability in Florida's A+ Plan school grading system ensures the state
measures the progress of every student in every school each year. Today,
more of Florida's students than ever are reading on their own, taking
college entrance exams, graduating from high school and earning college
degrees.
 
To view school and district FCAT scores for third and twelfth grade reading
and mathematics visit HYPERLINK
"http://fcat.fldoe.org/"