The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) today released the 2012 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test 2.0 (FCAT 2.0) reading and mathematics results for third grade students. The 2012 FCAT 2.0 continues the transition of assessments to align with Florida’s new education standards – the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards.
The FCAT 2.0 replaced the original FCAT in third grade in 2011. However, last year’s test results were reported on a scale that was equated to 2010 FCAT ensuring similar statewide results between the 2010 and 2011 school years. For this year, the FDOE adjusted the minimum score required to be proficient, as well as increased rigor of the exams for the FCAT. These changes make comparisons to previous results difficult, as the standards are significantly different.
This year’s FCAT 2.0 results represent all students, including Exceptional Student Education (ESE) and English Language Learners (ELL). In Broward County, 56% of third grade students scored in Levels 3 – 5 in reading – same as the state average of 56%. In mathematics, 59% of third grade students scored in Levels 3 – 5, compared to the state average of 58%.
“We weren’t surprised by this year’s FCAT results,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “We view this change as part of an overall process that will lead to an increase in student achievement. I am confident that our students will rise to meet the challenges that increasing rigor and expectations require.”
The FDOE requires third grade students to score at Level 2 or above on the FCAT reading to be eligible for promotion. This year’s results show students scoring Level 1 in reading remained stable (19%) and in mathematics decreased slightly (17%). Students who scored Level 1 in reading will have additional opportunities to demonstrate readiness for promotion via Good Cause Criteria including the Portfolio Reading Assessment conducted throughout the school year, performance on the SAT-10 Reading test or an assessment following a summer reading camp.
Results of the first administration of the State Biology and Geometry End-of-Course exam (EOC) were also released today by the FDOE. Scores were provided on a scale of 20 to 80 with 50 indicating average performance. Broward County Public Schools average score is comparable to other large districts in the state and to the state average. Broward’s average score for Biology of 49 was equal to the state average. The District average score for Geometry of 50 was slightly above the state average of 49. Results of the Biology and Geometry EOCs will be not included in District or school grades this year.
FCAT reading, mathematics and science scores for other grades tested (grades 4-8) are expected to be released by the FDOE in early June 2012.