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ERIC Number: ED538077
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
FCAT Retrospective: Trends over the Last Three Years. Research Brief. Volume 0603
Froman, Terry; Rubiera, Vilma; Shneyderman, Aleksander
Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is the primary measure of student achievement applied to the grading of the Florida public schools. School grades utilize a point system in which schools are awarded one point for every percent of students: (1) scoring in achievement levels 3-5 in Reading; (2) demonstrating learning gains in Reading; (3) in the lowest 25% of Reading making gains; (4) scoring in achievement levels 3-5 in Mathematics; (5) demonstrating learning gains in Mathematics; and (6) scoring 3.5 or above in Writing. Each school gets points toward their school grade in direct proportion to the number of students meeting the standards in six different component areas. This paper depicts the changes in FCAT points earned toward school grades in both the District and the State over the last three years. In all component (except Writing, where standards were raised in 2005) the District has demonstrated greater gains than the State and, in some components, exceeded the State's performance. It is important to exercise caution in attributing changes in student achievement to specific causes. There are a great many of potential influences on achievement and, in many cases, trends in the district seem to be paralleled by similar trends across the state. However, the improvements observed over the past three years in achievement scores and school grades are hard to interpret as anything but substantial improvement for the district.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Research Services
Identifiers - Location: Florida
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test