State students beat U.S. peers in testing

By Times Staff Writer
Published May 18, 2007

The latest round of results for the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test show the state's third- through 10th-graders are doing better than the national average.

The results released Thursday were for the norm-referenced section, called Stanford 10. The results mean nothing in terms of who gets promoted or held back - except for third-graders who failed the FCAT. For them, this was a replacement test. And the exam also doesn't count toward schools' state-assigned grades or their federal adequate yearly progress rates.

What the numbers do show is how well the students did compared with their peers nationally who took the same test. In that regard, state education leaders say, they've done well.

In every category and in every grade, Florida children scored better than the national average. "Teaching the Sunshine State Standards in our schools is helping our students remain nationally competitive, " Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg said in a prepared statement. Performance rose nicely in several groups, including fourth-grade math, and fifth- and ninth-grade reading.

Of course, not everything was improved. Fourth-grade reading and 10th-grade reading results saw 7-point dips.

On the web

See all the results

Visit the state Education Department web site at fcat.fldoe.org/mediapacket/2007/ .