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PRESS RELEASE

November 20, 2007

Tom Butler
(850) 245-0413

Department of Education Releases FCAT Lessons Learned Publication

TALLAHASSEE – The Department of Education (DOE) today announced the release of FCAT Reading Lessons Learned: 2001-2005 Data Analyses and Instructional Implications and FCAT Mathematics Lessons Learned: 2001-2005 Data Analyses and Instructional Implications, providing educators with detailed trend analyses of student reading and mathematics performance in grades three through 10. The publications include summaries, observations and statistical trends that provide a comprehensive study of student performance by grade.

"Educators are able to use the Lessons Learned publications to build a bridge from analysis to action," said Education Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg. "It is rewarding to provide tools to educators that support and aid in classroom instruction."

In 2006, the DOE convened a task force of curriculum supervisors and specialists, resource teachers, school administrators and Florida educators to examine and review the DOE’s data analyses of student performance. The task force used these insights to draft observations and instructional implications to improve instruction in the classroom.

This is the second time the DOE has published Lessons Learned for reading and mathematics. The first publication was released in May 2002, and contained data results in reading and mathematics from 1998-2000 and writing from 1993-2000. The DOE intends to begin work on editions of Science and Writing+ Lessons Learned in the near future.

Printed copies of the latest Lessons Learned have been shipped to every district across the state for teacher use. To view the publications, visit http://fcat.fldoe.org/lessonslearned.asp, or for more information on the FCAT, please visit http://fcat.fldoe.org/.