The primary way of measuring students overall knowledge in the state of Florida is the Florida
Comprehensive Assessment Test, otherwise known as the FCAT. The scores from the test are
compiled in order to give each school a grade. If a school improves their grade, then they receive
money from the state as a reward. This money must go to student improvement, typically
teacher bonuses. The test subjects that are taken vary from grade to grade.
Every student in grades three through ten are required to take both the reading and the math
sections. Science must be taken in grades five, eight, eleven and must take a written portion in
grades four, eight and ten. However, Exceptional Students (ESE) are able to be exempted from
FCAT requirement for graduation.
So what do you do if you have not passed the FCAT? If a student in the 10th grade does not
pass the exam, then they are given five more attempts to pass. However, if after five attempts
they do not pass and they have achieved all credits required for graduation, there is still a
possibility of receiving a diploma if they achieved an adequate score on the SAT or ACT.
While the test may appear to be extremely beneficial, there are many different conflicting
aspects of the religion. For example, many teachers now teach to the test rather than actually
teaching the student important life skills and concepts. Another issue is that the bonuses takes
funding away from schools that are in need (which typically get lower test scores). There are
also students that may have different learning styles or may be poor test takers, resulting in
FCAT Test Preparation & Sample Test Questions And Answers
About Sample FCAT Test Questions & Answers|
Each year the Department of Education (DOE) releases a sample test book with questions
and answers. Additionally, each year the sample test
book and answer key book are archived and available for further test preparation.
The archives are available from FL DOE web site.
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Who takes the FCAT test
Students enrolled in Florida public schools, Grade 3 to 11.
How long does the FCAT take to complete
It takes 8 to 10 hours to complete, spread out over several days.
What subjects are covered within the FCAT test
Math, Science, Reading & Writing
What does FCAT stand for
Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.
When was the FCAT started
Florida began using the FCAT test in all public schools in 1998.
How many students take the FCAT
In 2004, 1.6 million were tested between grades 3 to 10.
Who Started The FCAT
FCAT was created from the Florida State Legislature as part of an education reform plan during
Jeb Bush's 8 year term as governor