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PRESS RELEASE

May 12, 2003

Frances Marine
Press Secretary
(850) 201-7130

Florida Department of Education Launches Web Site for 12th Graders
Online resource provides options for students who did not meet the minimum required score on the Florida Comprehensive Achievement Test (FCAT)

TALLAHASSEE — Education Commissioner Jim Horne today announced the launch of a new Web site for 12th graders who have not met the minimum required score the Florida Comprehensive Achievement Test (FCAT) and need information about their options. Students who would otherwise be eligible for graduation, except for meeting the minimum required score on the FCAT, can now receive both classroom and online instruction.

"This Web site is a one-stop shop for 12th graders," said Horne. "The site gives students information on a fast-track approach to improve their future educational opportunities."

The Web site is part of the Department of Education's individualized approach to reaching struggling students. Those students who did not meet the minimum required score will receive a letter from Commissioner Horne with a PIN number that will allow them to use the site.

As reported earlier this week, the required minimum score for the class of 2003 is 287 in Reading and 295 in Mathematics. Students in the class of 2003 who met those scores but not the current 300 cut score will not receive a letter, as they have met the minimum standards on the FCAT to graduate. The number of students receiving letters statewide is approximately 12,784.

Florida's 12th graders who completed all requirements for a high school diploma, but did not meet the minimum required score on the FCAT, now have two routes to choose from to obtain their high school diploma: FCAT Remediation and GED Preparation. The Web site offers tutorials to aid students in preparing for either the FCAT or GED.

While they prepare for the FCAT or GED, 12th graders can obtain counseling about high demand occupational training programs in which they can enroll while pursuing their high school diploma. Once they obtain a GED or standard high school diploma, they will be accepted into an AS, AAS or AA degree program at a Florida community college.

In addition to the website, students may obtain additional, personalized assistance from:

  • High school guidance counselors;
  • Adult education counselors in school districts and community colleges; and
  • The Florida Department of Education's 12th Grade Options toll-free number, 1-800-315-0833.