The highly anticipated results of FCAT scores were released Thursday. These results were from the portion of the test with the highest stakes- the third grade reading component. If students didn't score a level two or higher, they may not be promoted to the fourth grade.
68 percent of Calhoun County third graders passed the test with a three or higher. Eight percent of students scored a level one.
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In Washington County, 58 percent of students passed. 15 percent scored a level one.
In Jackson County, 60 percent of third graders passed. 14 percent scored a level one.
But a level one score doesn't automatically mean the child cannot go on to the next grade. A student who scored a level one on the FCAT can take an alternative test, and if passed, go on to fourth grade. If the student also fails the alternative test, they can attend a summer reading program and be retested at the end of the summer course.
We spoke with Washington County Superintendent, Dr. Sandra Cook who said she's pleased with the results, but that work still needed to be done.
"I think that it's going to be one of those things that we look at it and say OK, what can we do better? Where do we need to improve? What do we need to change? You know, how do we move forward to give [students] what they need and start working on it for those third graders coming up next year"?
The scores are fresh out of the envelope and still need to be analyzed before faculty says they will fully understand what the numbers mean.