About half of local high school students fail FCAT test

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Collier 55 percent (9th) 50 percent (10th)

Lee 53 percent (9th) 49 percent (10th)

State 52 percent (9th) 50 percent (10th)


Collier 74 percent (4th) 77 percent (8th) 84 percent (10th)

Lee 85 percent (4th) 80 percent (8th) 85 percent (10th)

State 81 percent (4th) 78 percent (8th) 84 percent (10th)

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About half of Southwest Florida’s ninth and 10th graders will have to retake the FCAT reading test next year, according to results released by the state Friday.

Statewide, only about 50 percent of Florida students earned a passing score on the reading test this year, putting those that didn’t pass at risk for graduation. The state increased the rigor and the score needed to pass the test earlier this school year.

“It is still better that we’re pushing our kids even if it shows they are taking a lesser score,” Collier Superintendent Kamela Patton said. “It’s better that we continue to raise the bar.”

This year’s 10th graders will have four more chances to retake the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test to earn a passing score — a level three or higher on a five-level scale — to graduate. In the past, students could graduate with a lower score.

The district anticipated that about half of the students wouldn’t pass, Patton said.

“We know that it’s an unrealistic expectation that halfway through high school we’re expecting them to know four years of knowledge in two years,” she said. The district will offer students who did not pass an additional period of reading, educate parents about the test, give teachers more training and ensure that students retake the test in October.

Statewide, 52 percent of ninth-graders passed the reading test, as did 50 percent of 10th graders.

“Are we happy with half of the students failing?” asked Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson. “Most people across the board would say no. But we are happy with the progress that we’re making ... to make sure that next year and the year after students are moving in the right direction.”

Collier’s reading scores were slightly higher in ninth grade and equal to the state in 10th grade. Fifty-five percent of Collier ninth graders passed the test, compared to 52 percent statewide. In Lee, 53 percent of ninth graders and 49 percent of 10th graders passed the reading test.

“We knew the new FCAT 2.0 was going to be more rigorous, and we’ve been preparing since school started this year,” Lee Superintendent Joseph Burke said. “It’s a harder test but it’s never a bad thing to increase expectations. In the long run, this will benefit our students tremendously.”

The state also released updated writing scores after panic from districts earlier this week about dramatically low scores. As a result, the state lowered the score needed to pass.

Collier scored slightly below average with 74 percent of fourth graders, 77 percent of eighth graders and 84 percent of tenth graders passing. Lee exceeded the state average by a few percentage points in all grades for writing.

The state average for students passing the writing test was 81 percent in fourth grade, 78 percent in eighth grade and 84 percent in 10th grade.

Patton said that the Collier school district has the fourth highest number of students learning English as a second language of the 67 districts in Florida. Lee ranks 15th, she said.

This reflects the lower writing scores, she said. When third grade reading scores are released next week, Patton anticipates the scores to be even lower than the ninth and 10th grade scores.

“We have more kids that it’s not their native language” she said. “They have to acquire that skill and it’s going to affect us more in elementary school.”

The remaining FCAT reading, math and science scores will be released within the next few weeks.

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Comments » 12

RayPray writes:

Congrats to the half that passed this tough test!

As for the rest, as long as these kids are awake enough to set up and operate their Facebook pages, keep track of their theme tattoos and and puzzle out fantasy football strategy, what's to worry?

Whenever we need someone to work out the boring math or science stuff, can't we just import these nerds from Asia?

dc5799 writes:

I would rather be a parent to a nerd from anywhere than be a parent to a DOPE.

captnjimbo writes:

Just for the heck of it I went on line and took a couple of tenth grade sample tests. The first was a study of the effects of drought in Jamestown on the early settlers. I answered 5 out of nine correctly. The second was the medicinal value of serpent venom. I scored 9 out of 9. Truth is I read the second more carefully but I also thought the questions in the first were a little tricky, in some cases there were answers that were more targeted than others. Have some fun, take the tests yourself.

WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot writes:

It's okay. Next year they will lower the passing score. Then 60% will pass. All good!

Klaus, how are your Euro nation buddies doing? It looks to me like there is serious trouble in the failed experiment that is the Euro. Stop trying to make it sound as if the USA is the only country with these issues. Approaching 50% youth unemployment in Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal, and other EU nations can't end well. I'm sure those young adults are all brilliant.

liberator100 writes:

1. You have no idea what you are talking about!
2. If Germany is so much better, what in the world are you doing here?
3. Barack Obama a Great President? Great at what? Lies and more lies?
4. Never ever forget that there was a war and we won. You are a loser and nothing you say can change that now.
5. Europe is an economic basket case.

26yearsonmarco writes:

in response to GorchFock:

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"The big difference to America is, Europe s political not united, has different languages, different histories and most important different cultures. America is one nation (you know your pledge), one currency and one language. And important one even short history. Even if you have a multi culture society, Americans are Americans."


Dis usetabe da way it wuz, butt no mow.

Adious Amigo, and see ya bro.


WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot writes:

All I asked is that you recognize that America is not the only country on the Titanic. All the developed countries of the world are at the moment doing nothing but reorganizing the deck chairs. They all change the rules when the rules don't provide the desired results.

I do believe that America will be the last country standing on the stern deck because the $ is the world reserve currency. We can pump nearly unlimited liquidity into the markets because everything (oil, grains, metals, even other nations bonds are settled in USD)is traded in $.

In the end, the Titanic still goes to the bottom with everyone on it. A 30 year super credit cycle cannot be reversed without dire consequences. No politician in any developed nation is going to vote for that. Just change the rules as we go to get the desired results. Even in the schools.

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OldMarcoMan writes:

Did The Charter School take this test? If they did how did they do?

WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot writes:

Maybe not unlimited amounts, but a hell of a lot. The next QE from the FED will be huge. It will come after the elections. Commodities will skyrocket. This dump in the market was easily predictable. Obama needs to bring down oil prices prior to the elections. This means no added liquidity from the FED. Too bad for the equities players but they aren't Obamas base. I'm not sure the planners counted on the crisis in Europe reaching these levels, so that may lead to the central banks of all the developed nations having to step in sooner than Obama wants.

If it's Obama or Romney taking the helm it won't matter. The world needs the "printed money" as you called it, or everything stops. No matter who is steering the ship next year the flooding of the world with liquidity will continue until it doesn't work any more. That day is drawing very near. Especially in the EU. The LTRO was a total failure, that's just one instance.

They should teach this stuff in schools so the kids of today don't repeat the mistakes of the past 30 years. Yes, I know this is way off topic.

WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot writes:

I wasn't saying that the world needing liquidity "printed money" is a good thing. It's not because liquidity from central banks is not productive capital. It just keeps banks and corporations, and governments that need to borrow more money be able to borrow and role older debt at continually lower rates while adding more debt to their balance sheet. Nobody ever fails. The government and central banks just keep the ponzi going not allowing markets to inflate and deflate naturally. Bernanke is hell bent to not allow deflation in this country.

I don't know what collapse will look like in America. Greece may offer some clues should they return to the Drachma or some other currency. Debt based monetary systems always end. It's happened here before. 99% of people believe it can't happen again. They will be sorely mistaken.
Shopping with a gun? Maybe? As I have stated before, 47 million people on food stamps becoming hungry won't have a happy ending. There really isn't anywhere else in the world to run. All our economies are becoming dependent upon each other. If it's that bad here it will be as bad or worse in the rest of the developed nations. I don't think this is the end, but a few years of very difficult times will be lived through. Of course, war is always a possibility.

captnjimbo writes:

in response to OldMarcoMan:

Did The Charter School take this test? If they did how did they do?

Back on point I thought this was a good question. I p[oked around...was told Marco Academy had fewer % gifted, larger % Special Ed but still scored third in the district and slightly ahead of Lely...in its first year.

In my opinion not great, but a good start and I would bet there will be good improvement as expectations are higher.

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