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PRESS RELEASE

May 23, 2006

Russell Schweiss
(850) 488-5394 or
Cathy Schroeder
(850) 245-0413

Governor Bush and Commissioner Winn Announce FCAT Reading and Mathematics Results for Third Through Tenth Grades
Students statewide continue to make achievement gains

TALLAHASSEE — Governor Jeb Bush and Education Commissioner John L. Winn today announced Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) scores for students in grades 3 through 10. Students at the elementary, middle and high school levels all showed improvement compared to scores in 2001.

"The accountability in Florida's school grading system ensures the state measures the progress of every student in every school each year. Measuring allows us to celebrate gains as well as identify potential problems," said Governor Bush. "This year's higher scores are evidence that our reforms are working and our students are learning."

Reading and Math Gains for All Levels

The FCAT scores show Florida's students continue to make learning gains in both reading and math. This year's scores show the largest year to year increases in reading since 2001. Overall, 57 percent of students in grades 3 through 10 are reading at or above grade level (Level 3 and above) compared to 47 percent in 2001. This represents 223,000 more students. In mathematics, 61 percent of Florida students are demonstrating mathematics skills at or above grade level (Level 3 and above) compared to 50 percent in 2001. This represents 234,000 more students. Below are scores for each level compared to scores in 2001:

Elementary School

  • 70 percent of elementary school students are reading at or above grade level (Level 3 and above), up from 54 percent.
  • 14 percent of elementary students scored in the lowest level (Level 1) in reading, down more than half from 30 percent.
  • 66 percent of elementary school students are demonstrating mathematics skills at or above grade level (Level 3 and above), up from 52 percent.
  • 14 percent of elementary students scored in the lowest level (Level 1) in mathematics, down almost half from 27 percent

Middle School

  • 57 percent of middle school students are reading at or above grade level (Level 3 and above), up from 48 percent. This is also single year record increase, moving from 51 percent to 57 percent reading at or above grade level from 2005 to 2006.
  • 20 percent of middle school students scored in the lowest level (Level 1) in reading, down from 30 percent.
  • 56 percent of middle school students are demonstrating mathematics skills at or above grade level (Level 3 and above), up from 47 percent.
  • 23 percent of middle school students scored in the lowest level (Level 1) in mathematics skills, down from 32 percent.

High School

  • 37 percent of high school students are reading at or above grade level (Level 3 and above), up from 32 percent.
  • 33 percent of high school students scored in the lowest level (Level 1) in reading, down from 39 percent.
  • 62 percent of high school students are demonstrating mathematics skills at or above grade level (Level 3 and above), up from 52 percent.
  • 16 percent of high school students scored in the lowest level (Level 1) in mathematics, down from 25 percent.

Florida Continues to Close the Achievement Gap

Florida has made great strides in closing the achievement gap. African-American and Hispanic students in grades 3 through 10 again made progress this year, continuing gains in both reading and mathematics.

  • 39 percent of African-American students are reading at or above grade level (Level 3 and above), up from 26 percent.
  • 50 percent of Hispanic students are reading at or above grade level (Level 3 and above), up from 35 percent.
  • 41 percent of African-American students are demonstrating mathematics skills at or above grade level (Level 3 and above), up from 26 percent.
  • 56 percent of Hispanic students are demonstrating mathematics skills at or above grade level (Level 3 and above), up from 41 percent.

"Florida has witnessed what education reforms can do to improve student learning as evidenced by this recent success," said Commissioner Winn. "The A+ Plan for Education was only the beginning. Now Governor Bush's A++ Plan for Education will bring relevance and rigor to our middle and high schools so we may witness a high level of success for these students as well."

A++ Plan for Education

Governor Bush's A++ Plan for Education — which includes new middle and high school reform measures — was approved by the Florida Legislature earlier this month. The new policies provide students a more rigorous and relevant high school education, better preparing them for postsecondary education and the workforce.

FCAT Parent Network

Parents are now able to view their child's FCAT reading and mathematics scores on the Internet by logging on to the FCAT Parent Network at www.fcatparentnetwork.com. This secure site features detailed information on the meaning of the scores and provides resources to improve student performance in the future. Parents will receive a letter from their child's school with the appropriate login and password information. Scores were posted on the website today.

Providing a quality education for each and every student in Florida is Governor Bush's priority and the state's most important mission. Florida's investment in the A+ Plan for Education continues to achieve results. Today, more of Florida's students than ever are reading on their own, taking college entrance exams, graduating from high school and earning college degrees.

To view school and district FCAT scores for third through tenth grade reading and mathematics visit http://fcat.fldoe.org.