TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — The Florida Department of Education released more FCAT scores Friday which showed many Florida students continue to struggle with the high-stakes test in reading and math.
The FDOE released results of the FCAT 2.0 Grades 4-10 Reading, Grades 4-8 Math and Grades 5 and 8 Science, as well as End-of-Course (EOC) assessments in Algebra 1, Geometry, Biology 1 and U.S. History.
Results showed nearly half of the 9th and 10th graders who took the reading portion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test did not get a passing grade.
The reading scores for those grades were a slight improvement over last year, but the scores of fourth and fifth graders slipped from 2012.
Sixty percent of students in those grades passed the FCAT reading test.
The percentage of students in grades 4 through 8 who passed the FCAT math test also declined from last year.
The state reported the percentage of students taking the end-of-course algebra and biology tests increased.
The EOC exams are key for students, who must score at satisfactory levels to graduate. Those who fail can take the exams again.
The state, school districts and local communities now have a complete picture of how this year's students and schools performed on standardized tests, which are intended to measure gains among children and school system.
The scores also factor into state-issued school grades and teacher evaluations.
Click here for a detailed look at the statewide FCAT and EOC scores from the Florida Department of Education website.
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