This article from WJCT on the FCAT Replacement Test Traces the history from initial testing, through the FCAT to the new FSA or Florida Standards Assessment.
The uproar about the new tests will be felt most by 3rd Graders. In 2004, Florida initiated a 3rd Grade Retention Policy. Last year, about 19% of Florida 3rd graders scores a level 1 on the 3rd Grade Reading FCAT, also known as the 3rd Grade FCAT, and this brought 3rd Grade Retention into play.
About 10% of 3rd graders were retained. The others may have passed a different test or gone to private school, been homeschooled or found a different route.
This year we expect up to 30% of 3rd Graders will score a Level 1 and bring 3rd Grade Retention into play.
What can 3rd Grade parents do:
The portfolio is the best chance a child has for promotion who might fail the test. Point 7 gives the parent the right to immediately start the portfolio if the child has been identified as being at risk for retention. The portfolio is a set of skills the student must master by passing a series of tests.
For a child who cannot pass the portfolio, the next base chance for promotion is to have the child’s reading comprehension get back to grade level.
3D Learner has developed an entire program for Success by 3rd Grade.
For more information you can visit Success by 3rd Grade