Many Florida students continue to struggle on high-stakes tests in reading and math.
The Florida Department of Education reported Friday that 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.
FCAT scores are the primary factor in determining A-to-F grades for schools.