FCAT results released: Many third-graders at risk for being retained

Across the Treasure Coast, at least 15 percent of each district's third graders are at risk for being retained, according to Florida Department of Education FCAT scores released today.

Third-grade students who score in Level 1, the lowest of the five achievement levels, risk being retained. They can attend a free intensive reading summer school, after which they take another assessment. Students also can compile a portfolio of previous assessments to show mastery of the material.

In Martin County, 15 percent of third-graders risk retention. In Indian River County, 18 percent of third-graders scored in the lowest level, while in St. Lucie County, 22 percent risk retention.

The Florida Department of Education released third-grade Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test reading and math scores Friday. FCAT writing scores for fourth, eighth and 10th grades also were released. Writing scores do not carry the same high stakes as third-grade reading.

The Palm Beach Post reports 20% of Palm Beach County third-graders failed the 2013 reading FCAT and about 2,600 may have to repeat the grade next year.

The Florida Department of Education has posted the results of FCAT 2.0 Writing and Third-Grade FCAT 2.0 Reading and Mathematics assessments at http://fcat.fldoe.org/resultsFCAT2/default.asp.

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