About 2,600 Palm Beach County students may have to repeat the third grade next year after failing the reading FCAT.
The state Department of Education on Friday released the results of the 2013 third-grade reading and math FCATs — as well as the results on the writing FCAT. They show that county students slightly lagged their peers statewide on the reading test, with 20 percent failing that portion of the high-stakes exam.
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Palm Beach County FCAT highlights
- Local fourth-graders outpaced their peers statewide on the writing FCAT, with 67 percent scoring satisfactorily, compared with 57 percent statewide.
- Palm Beach County was one of 25 school districts in the state to have a 10-percentage-point or greater improvement in the number of fourth-graders earning a 3.5 or higher on the writing test.
- In contrast, local third-graders lagged slightly behind the state average on the reading FCAT; one-fifth of county third-graders failed the reading test, meaning they could be held back a year.
In math, 59 percent of Palm Beach County third-graders are performing at satisfactory levels, compared with 58 percent statewide and slightly better than last year’s county average of 56 percent.
Source: Florida Department of Education.