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Tallahassee Democrat: "Students rose to meet a higher bar on the writing tests..."

FCAT scores improve in writing; tougher standards may bode lower school grades

Travis Pillow, Tallahassee Democrat

May 25, 2013

Florida students raised their scores on state writing tests, buoyed by improvements among elementary students and minorities, according to results released by the state Department of Education.

Students rose to meet a higher bar on the writing tests, as the level the state deems "satisfactory" was raised from a 3.0 to a 3.5. The number of fourth, eight and tenth graders meeting the higher threshold increased from 54 percent to 58 percent.

African-American students made some of the largest gains, improving their writing scores by 6 percentage points overall and narrowing the racial achievement gap.

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