Florida May be Throwing Out the FCAT
NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA - Some of the ever - changing and always - contested FCAT results are in.
3rd grade reading scores were released first as well as some writing and math scores.
The state is still waiting on quite a few scores to come in.
Jackie Johnson with Alachua County Public Schools says its hard to compare FCAT scores year to year because the testing content and the grading are constantly changing.
And students are in for yet another change - Florida and most other states in the nation will move toward a new test, scheduled to begin in 2014 and called the Common Core Standards Test.
One parent we spoke to says he does not support the FCAT - "I'd rather go without myself so I can get a better education for [my kids] so they have a future."
He told us he picked private school so that his kindergartner would not be just taught to take a test.
Jackie Johnson says 3rd grade scores are among the first to be released so students who did not make the grade will have a chance to pass over the summer - "we do offer them a chance to go to their schools over the summer to get some help and hopefuly that will mean many of them will be able to move on to fourth grade."
So how did counties in North Central Florida measure up? Dixie County led the pack with 63% of third graders making a 3 or above in reading.
Here is the order of the rest -
Alachua County - 61% passing rate.
Columbia County - 60% passing rate.
Gilchrist County - 58% passing rate.
Marion County - 51% passing rate.
Levy County - 48% passing rate.
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