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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Tom Butler
(850) 245-0413

2008 Third Grade Reading and Mathematics FCAT Results Announced
~ African-American and Hispanic students show greatest increases in reading and math ~

TALLAHASSEE – A greater percentage of Florida third-graders are reading and performing mathematics at or above grade level compared to last year according to the 2008 Third Grade Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) results released today. The results also indicate that African-American third-grade students narrowed the achievement gap with non-minority students in both subjects, and Hispanic third-graders narrowed the achievement gap in mathematics.

“I congratulate Florida’s third grade students for performing at or above grade level in the FCAT reading and mathematics tests,” said Governor Charlie Crist. “These results demonstrate the good work of our teachers in the classroom and the commitment by students and parents.”

Highlights of this year’s results include:

  • 72 percent of third-grade students are reading at or above grade level; up three percentage points from last year.
  • 76 percent of third-grade students are performing mathematics at or above grade level; up two percentage points from last year.
  • African-American third-graders narrowed the achievement gap with White students by one percentage point in reading and two percentage points in mathematics.
  • Hispanic third-graders narrowed the achievement gap with White students by one percentage point in mathematics.

“This year’s third grade reading and math scores speak volumes for the excellent work occurring in classrooms throughout Florida,” said Education Commissioner Eric J. Smith. “I’m particularly proud of our teachers, who continue to excel in their efforts to prepare our students for a lifetime of success.”

Beginning at 6 a.m. on Friday, May 23, parents may view their students’ scores via the FCAT Parent Network (www.fcatparentnetwork.com) using the secure login and password provided by their school. School districts and schools can access electronic copies of their reports today. Printed reports, including individual student reports, school reports, district and state reports, will be delivered to school districts next week.

“Providing my students with a solid foundation in reading and math is one of the most important things I can do for them,” said Megan Greenleaf, a third grade teacher at Edward A. Upthegrove Elementary School in Hendry County. “Witnessing the sense of accomplishment in their eyes the first time they read a difficult passage or solve a difficult problem has been a chief motivator throughout my career as an educator.”

To view the 2008 Third Grade Reading and Mathematics FCAT fact sheet, visit http://www.fldoe.org/news/2008/2008_05_20/FCATReadingMathFactSheet.pdf. To view school, district and state FCAT reports, visit http://fcat.fldoe.org/fcinfopg.asp.