Most Florida high school seniors fail FCAT retakes

— Only 16 percent of about 22,000 high school seniors retaking the reading portion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test have passed it.

Figures released Wednesday by the Department of Education also show 28 percent of nearly 8,600 seniors retaking the FCAT math test have passed.

That compares to 20 percent of seniors passing the reading part and 26 percent the math portion last year.

Students get up to five chances to take the FCAT, but if they still haven't passed both parts by the time they graduate they cannot receive a standard diploma unless they score well on college entrance tests.

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