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April 3, 2006
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Governor Bush Announces FCAT Parent Network
Innovative website provides parents online access to student FCAT scores
TALLAHASSEE Governor Jeb Bush and Education Commissioner John L. Winn today announced that parents will be able to view their child's Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) reading and mathematics scores on the Internet beginning this spring when FCAT results are released. To view test results, families can log on to the FCAT Parent Network at www.fcatparentnetwork.com. This secure site will also include detailed information on the meaning of the scores and provide resources to improve student performance in the future.
"It is critical to engage parents in their child's education," said Governor Jeb Bush. "By giving families a direct link to their child's test scores through an accurate, secure and easily accessible resource, we enable them to play a greater role in their child's academic success."
The FCAT Parent Network incorporates technology and state-of-the-art security measures to ensure parents can access their child's scores as soon as they are available. Parents will receive a letter from their child's school with the appropriate login and password information. The website provides parents with scores, resources and additional information on the FCAT in English, Spanish and Haitian-Creole.
The benefits of the FCAT Parent Network include rapid report delivery, security of test data, clarity on the meaning of scores, tools to improve student performance and additional parent resources. This innovative reporting system is provided by the Department of Education as part of a continued effort to deliver educational resources that help parents, students, teachers and administrators meet achievement goals. FCAT paper reports will continue to be delivered to schools.
"The Department has worked hard to make test scores available as soon as we have finished verifying their accuracy," said Commissioner John Winn. "It is rewarding to know that parents can have FCAT scores without having to wait for the paper reports to be sent home."
In October of 2005, Governor Bush and Commissioner Winn announced the release of the Grades 4 and 8 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Tests. The reading and mathematics tests were actual tests taken by students in 2005 and are no longer in use. The release of these tests followed the September release of the Grade 10 reading and mathematics FCAT. Based on the availability of funding and resources, reading and mathematics tests for Grades 3, 7 and 9 will be released in fall 2006, followed by reading and mathematics tests for Grades 5 and 6 in fall 2007. Continuation of additional funding will allow a three-year rolling release of tests to begin in 2008 with a second release of the Grades 4, 8 and 10 FCAT.
"Anything we can do to improve parental involvement and provide information more quickly to parents is part of the solution for student success," said Representative Dennis Baxley, Chair of the House Education Council.
The State continues to take steps toward increasing the transparency of the FCAT. Hundreds of printed and online resources related to the FCAT have been available for several years, including annual releases of sample questions and a release of "half tests" in 2001. The FCAT Parent Network and the released tests are additional resources for students and parents. Students and parents are encouraged to use these tests in conjunction with additional FCAT materials provided online to improve performance.
To learn more about the FCAT Parent Network, please visit www.fcatparentnetwork.com or www.fldoe.org.