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PRESS RELEASE

May 24, 2006

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

Governor Bush and Commissioner Winn Announce Reading and Mathematics Norm-Referenced Test Scores for Third Through Tenth Grade

TALLAHASSEE — Governor Jeb Bush and Education Commissioner John L. Winn today announced the reading and mathematics Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) Norm-Referenced Test scores for third through 10th grade. Each year, a portion of the FCAT includes a national Norm-Referenced Test, which is used to measure how Florida students are performing compared to students nationally. In each grade, Florida students scored better than the national average score.

"Florida students are not only making gains on the FCAT, but also nationally in comparison to their peers," said Governor Bush. "This is just another confirmation that our students are learning and making improvement."

The Stanford 10 is the national Norm-Referenced Test used by Florida. Norm-Referenced Tests compare a student's score against the scores of a group of students who have taken the same exam, called the "norming group." The scores range from the first percentile to the 99th percentile, with the average student's score at the 50th percentile. For example, in third grade reading this year, Florida's national percentile rank increased from the 50th percentile to the 61st percentile compared to last year's score. This means that, on average, third graders scored better than 61 percent of the national comparison sample.

2006 Norm-Referenced Test Scores for Reading

  • Third graders scored at the 61st percentile — 11 percentage points higher than the national average.
  • Fourth graders scored at the 70th percentile — 20 percentage points higher than the national average.
  • Fifth graders scored at the 69th percentile — 19 percentage points higher than the national average.
  • Sixth graders scored at the 67th percentile — 17 percentage points higher than the national average.
  • Seventh graders scored at the 65th percentile — 15 percentage points higher than the national average.
  • Eighth graders scored at the 65th percentile — 15 percentage points higher than the national average.
  • Ninth graders scored at the 65th percentile — 15 percentage points higher than the national average.
  • Tenth graders scored at the 67th percentile — 17 percentage points higher than the national average.

2006 Norm-Referenced Test Scores for Mathematics

  • Third graders scored at the 67th percentile — 17 percentage points higher than the national average.
  • Fourth graders scored at the 71st percentile — 21 percentage points higher than the national average.
  • Fifth graders scored at the 71st percentile — 21 percentage points higher than the national average.
  • Sixth graders scored at the 67th percentile — 17 percentage points higher than the national average.
  • Seventh graders scored at the 69th percentile — 19 percentage points higher than the national average.
  • Eighth graders scored at the 73rd percentile — 23 percentage points higher than the national average.
  • Ninth graders scored at the 74th percentile — 24 percentage points higher than the national average.
  • Tenth graders scored at the 70th percentile — 20 percentage points higher than the national average.

"Our students, parents and educators should be proud of these improvements in reading and mathematics," said Commissioner Winn. "By teaching to the Sunshine State Standards our students are consistently achieving significantly above the majority of students nationwide."

To view the Norm-Referenced Test scores for third through 10th grade visit: http://fcat.fldoe.org.