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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

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(850) 245-0413

Department of Education Releases FCAT Science Lessons Learned Publication

~ Publication assists educators in improving student performance in science ~

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Education today announced the release of FCAT Science Lessons Learned: 2003–2006 Data Analyses and Instructional Implications. The publication provides educators with detailed trend analyses of student performance on FCAT Science in Grades 5, 8, and 11. It includes summaries, observations, and statistical trends that provide a comprehensive study of student performance by grade.

“The Lessons Learned publications provide educators with a wealth of knowledge about the past performance of students in a variety of subjects,” said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. “This volume of the publication focuses specifically on science achievement, and offers valuable insight for improving classroom education in this critical subject area.”

In 2007, the Department convened a task force of science curriculum supervisors and specialists, resource teachers, school administrators, and Florida educators to examine and review student performance in the subject of science. The task force used these insights to draft observations and instructional implications to improve science instruction in the classroom.

This is the fourth volume in the Department’s Lessons Learned series. In 2007, the Department published two volumes that analyzed reading and mathematics data for 2001–2005. The first publication was released in 2002 and contained data results in reading and mathematics from 1998–2000 and writing from 1993–2000. The next volume in the set will be FCAT Writing Lessons Learned.

Printed copies of FCAT Science Lessons Learned will be shipped in early November 2008, to every district across the state for teacher use. To view the publication, visit http://fcat.fldoe.org/lessonslearned.asp; for more information on the FCAT, please visit http://fcat.fldoe.org/.