Florida’s students and teachers continue to exceed expectations amid higher standards and improved accountability, and their tremendous progress is evident on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT).
Note on 2011/2012 Results: For the first time in a decade, Florida has raised the bar for passing scores on the FCAT. As Florida schools began the three-year transition to more rigorous standards and tests in 2011, scores dropped, and so did many schools’ grades. That does not mean Florida’s children know less than before, or that teachers are doing a bad job. Anytime standards are raised, some students will struggle to meet the new expectations. That’s exactly what happened this year.
Overtime teachers and schools will sharpen their focus and develop successful strategies to get more kids over the higher bar. These school grades provide a clear picture of where we as a state need to focus improvement so all students are receiving an education focused on the skills and knowledge today’s economy demands.
Results on FCAT Reading:All StudentsStudents with DisabilitiesStudents who are English Language LearnersHispanic StudentsAfrican American Students
Results on FCAT Math:All StudentsStudents with DisabilitiesStudents who are English Language LearnersHispanic StudentsAfrican American Students
Results on FCAT Science:Hispanic StudentsAfrican American Students
How do Florida Students Compare?
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) continues to chart the exceptional achievements and progress of Florida’s students and teachers. When compared to other states’ NAEP scores and growth from 1992 to 2011, the Sunshine State’s large and diverse student population came in second place for test-score improvement. Following rigorous academic standards, standardized measurement, data-based accountability, effective teaching, outcome-based funding and school choice, Florida has seen a dramatic turnaround in student achievement.
NAEP, known as the “Nation’s Report Card,” is a biannual test in reading and math given to a demographic representation of students in each state. The test provides a snapshot of our education system nationally, regionally and at the state level.
The Nation’s Report Card: Florida Students Scores in Reading:
The Nation's Report Card: Florida Students Scores in Math: