May 4, 2007
Vol. 1, Issue 8
Announces 2007 FCAT Writing Scores
Education Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg recently announced results of
the 2007 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) Writing+ taken by
students in grades 4, 8 and 10. These results reflect an increase in the
percent of students who scored 3.5 (on a scale of one to six) or higher
on the essay portion of the test at all grade levels.
For the first time ever, FCAT Writing+ scores are being
reported in terms of five achievement levels as adopted by the State Board
of Education in January. The achievement levels are based on the total
FCAT writing score, which combines multiple-choice questions and the essay.
Students who are in ninth grade this school year (2006-07)
will be required to earn a passing score of 300 or higher on the FCAT
Writing+ in order to graduate from high school. Although this requirement
does not affect this years tenth graders, 49 percent of them met
this passing standard.
To view school, district and state FCAT reports, visit
http://fcat.fldoe.org. You may also view more information at www.fldoe.org.
Commissioner Blomberg Announces
2007 FCAT Scores For Third and 12th Grade Math & Reading
Education Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg recently announced the third and
12th grade results for the mathematics and reading portions of the 2007
FCAT. Floridas third graders made academic gains in mathematics,
with 74 percent of students demonstrating mathematics skills at or above
grade level, a two percentage-point gain over the previous year. This
improvement shows a long-term mathematics skills gain of 22 percentage
points since 2001.
Florida has also experienced long-term reading progress.
Since 2001, the percentage of third graders reading at or above grade
level has grown 12 percentage points. However, the percentage of third
graders reading at or above grade level this year declined from 75 percent
in 2006 to 69 percent this year.
We are encouraged that the percentage of third
graders reading at or above grade level this year was higher than in 2005.
Further, we are pleased to see that when you compare student performance
from 2001 to today, Florida is maintaining a positive trend upward,
said Commissioner Blomberg. When data are tracked over time, some
fluctuation in performance from year to year is expected. Nothing has
changed in the test, and an analysis of test results from 2004 through
2007 has demonstrated the scores of last years third graders were
For full details on the FCAT scores, visit http://fcat.fldoe.org
Teacher Appreciation Week
The Florida Department of Education will celebrate and honor teachers
throughout Florida during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6-12, 2007. Various
activities are scheduled from Miami to the Panhandle, recognizing the
more than 180,000 teachers in Florida. The Department has compiled a list
of special promotions and discounts being offered as a special thank
you to teachers in the state. For events and news happening in your
area for Teacher Appreciation Week, visit the Just For Teachers Web site
Department of Education Warns Parents of Imposter
FCAT Parent Network Web Site
The Florida Department of Education recently alerted parents and school
districts to the existence of at least one imposter Web site designed
to appear as if it were the Departments official FCAT Parent Network,
an online resource enabling parents to view their students Florida
Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) scores. Known as imposter domains,
these Web sites attempt to capitalize on Web address misspellings for
commercial purposes. Imposter domains typically use slight variations
of official Web site addresses to redirect unsuspecting visitors to sites
with advertisements and paid links. To access student FCAT results, parents
should log on to www.fcatparentnetwork.com using the login and password
provided by their school. This secure site also includes detailed information
on the meaning of the scores and provides resources to improve student
performance in the future.
St. Petersburg College Earns Initial
Accreditation for Four-Year Nursing Degree
St. Petersburg College (SPC) has been awarded full initial accreditation
for five years by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
SPCs May graduates will be the first group to receive degrees with
this accreditation. St. Petersburg College is the first community college
in the nation to offer four-year degrees, and to have received accreditation
from CCNE, which has in the past only accredited four-year programs.
SPC has had a strong Associate in Science nursing program
for more than 50 years culminating in an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN).
The ADN program has held accreditation from the National League for Nursing
Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) since 1970. In 2002, St. Petersburg College
began offering the Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
(BSN) program and was accredited by NLNAC in 2004.
CCNE and NLNAC are recognized by the U.S. Department
of Education as the national accrediting bodies for all types of nursing
education programs. SPCs RN to BSN program has approximately 330
enrolled students and there have been 184 graduates to date.