My child didn't pass the FCAT, now what?

How to get your child through FCT Testing

A friend of mine came to me about two weeks before the end of the school year in a panic. Her son, a third grader at a local public school, did not pass the FCAT reading test. She was devastated. Now what? Does he automatically repeat the third grade? What does that do for his self esteem? What about the fact that he'd received good marks for reading on his report card? All were very valid questions.

First, failing a portion of the FCAT isn't the end of the world. And don't let anyone tell you that it means your child must repeat a grade. There are other options available to you. First, there is something the schools call a portfolio that they can put together on your child. It shows the progress he or she has made throughout the year, as well as his or her scores on other standardized tests the students take. If your child has shown significant progress throughout the year and if he has received at least average grades in the subject area he or she failed, chances are the school will allow the child to move to the next grade.

Most school district also have a summer program your child can participate in (if the portfolio route doesn't work), If they attend the program and score well on a test at the end of the session, they can be allowed to move to the next grade level.

My advice is to research the options open to you in your school district. If you can't get assistance contact the Florida Department of Education and explain your situation. Copies of past FCAT tests are also available online, go to: http://fcat.fldoe.org/ to learn more. There are also several free educational websites for children that may contain information that can help your child prepare for the FCAT.

Bottom line: fight for your child; go to the school board if you have to - and don't be afraid to ask questions. At the same time however, be honest with yourself. If your child has scored below level in math or reading during the school year and if you know they struggle with it, there may be just cause for them to repeat a grade. Know your child and do what you think is best, just remember there are options and you are entitled to know and understand all of them.

By the way, you may be wondering what happened to my friend's son - he was able to go on to the fourth grade! Because he received decent marks in reading during the year and his portfolio showed progress, the school allowed him to move on. He is attending the reading camp this summer though, because his mother recognizes that reading comprehension takes a lot of effort for him. I can't wait to hear how successful he will be when school begins in August.

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Comments 108 comments

jessie 8 years ago

fail the fact


Monica Ayala 8 years ago

NO SHE DOESN'T FAIL, IF SHE FAILS THE 4TH GRADE FCAT, SHE WILL FAIL. IF SHE FAILS THE 8TH GRADE, IN 9TH GRADE SHE WILL TAKE INTENSIVE READING OR MATH. IF SHE IS IN HIGHSCHOOL AND SHE DOESN'T PASS IT, SHE WILL GET THE INTENSIVE CLASS AGAIN. FOR 10TH GRADERS THE MATH/READING IS A HIGHSCHOOL REQUIREMENT, IF SHE FAILS, SHE WILL HAVE TO RE-TAKE IT AND SHE WILL HAVE THE INTENSIVE CLASS TILL SHE PASSES IT.!


JustinWilliams 8 years ago

I never failed the FCAT i took mines in March and i am in 3rd grade and i got 2 level 5s what does that mean


JustinWilliams 8 years ago

i passes im going to 4th grade


eduardo 7 years ago

i want pass my fcat now in 8 grade


Jenny 7 years ago

Thanks :)


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Tara Ramos 7 years ago

I'm takeing the 5th geade FCAT tomarow and I hope I pass. To help me pass I am goiing to help myself to a BIG bowl of Mini Weats before I go to school in the morning. Wish me luck! If you wuld like to tell me anything you wuld like me to know yust email me at tarapaigeramos@aol.com.


marlyn 7 years ago

hi my name marlyn in a kid nd i ave da f.cat i FAIL, 3 times now in in 6gd ok d im 14 old wat u think i shold do im the bigges onein my class nd i hope i pass to 7gd wat you think i shold do pizzzzzzzz help me out ma yahoo is la_cubanita380@yahoo.comnd dat ma myspace 2 pizzzzzzzzz hlp me out pizzzzzzzz


Basketballl 7 years ago

who knows


giselle 7 years ago

oh gosh :/

i hate the fcat

today is my fcat im still not asleep :/

its 1:15am

whatever

anyways im in 7th if i fail the math what will happen will i repeat 7th?


Chelsy Brunken 7 years ago

i just moved here to florida from iowa and we didn't have this much pressure of doing state tests. i just wanted to know if i failed the FCAT would i have to repeat 8th grade?


Tomoterri 7 years ago

It's dumb to have such a test, but the government tests our kids so that they know whom to watch in society. If your grades are up to par, you shouldn't have to take a damn make or break test. That's like going to work doing good on the job, and you have to do a test before you get paid. You would go crazy.


sami 7 years ago

hey I failed reading 9th gradeFCAT but i passed math. do i still go on to 10th grade?


Davey 7 years ago

Theres no point in the fact. If your sick that day and you fail it, you cant retake it because of the failing economy. Fcat is just one test.


lskajfhrlqkfjdhthere 6 years ago

We are doing a debate on if there should be an Fcat or not. We need as much info as we can get. Please post as much info about the Fcat as you can think of. Thank You!!!


jojojojo 6 years ago

in third grade if u fail u repeat or do what he says in 8th if u fail you would need to take inv. reading or math and in high school if you fail it 10 11 and 12 you wont get a diploma you would get another diploma that means you participated in high school and with that diloma you would be lucky to get a job in any well know standered place. probably McDonald publix will be your option stuff like low pay and long hours. yes its a stupid test and its because it was created by a stupid man George bush >.< so plz pass the test dont be nervous you got 3 whole years and 3 test to pass it even if u pass one one year and another the next its all good :P


Alicia 6 years ago

We are moving back up north because of this reason. Florida's education is not education at all.


ray 6 years ago

am i going to past the fcat


v say 6 years ago

I belive God so i am goona pass FCAT.PRAY to the God you are gonna pass FCAT.so don't worry


chelsey martinez 6 years ago

when it,s my b-day i will pray to god that i wish i am going to pass the 6th fcat bye.


estefany 6 years ago

i said yes because u have 2 pray to god before u go to school when its the day for the fcat so be positive don't b negative pray to god n he helps to his childrens.


Megan 6 years ago

FCAT is next week. Im in 9th grade.. I am failing 3 classes. I've lived in Florida for about a year. I moved here from Georgia & the FCAT is nothing but Bull! I don't understand it. & the teachers in Florida.. Cant really "teach"

I was an A B student before i came here.

George Bush can go to hell.


Bryan Peace 6 years ago

The FCAT's failing consequences are reprehensible in elementary! Repeating you for failing a single test? The middle/high school system is a little less strict, because you pass regardless but you don't get your electives, and your forced to learn MATH! Electives, is what you want!? THE GOVERNMENT IS A MESS!!!


jordanvip 6 years ago

god I hate FCAT


unique 6 years ago

i want to pass the fcat


selena 6 years ago

tomorrow is the fcat & if i don't pass i am going to be very dissapointed cuz i'm in 4th grade!


jok 6 years ago

can anbody give me the math fcat answeres for highland oaks midlle


tyquan 6 years ago

I HOPE I PAST THE FCAT


TYQUAN 6 years ago

I WANT TO PAST THE FCAT


danielle 6 years ago

omg fcat is sooo gay i don't think we should take it it just holds us back


shelby 6 years ago

This test is so stupid. I failed the reading, passed the math, but I did exceptionally well on the SAT. Go figure. This state officials that run this education system are a bunch of morons.


JANILLE 6 years ago

WHY CAN'T THE FINAL EXAMS AND FCAT COME TOGETHER TO CREATE A TEST FOR THE END OF YEAR TO SATISFY EVERYBODY AND NOT HAVE THIS MUCH PRESSURE ON THE PARENTS AND KIDS! DUH!@!


john 6 years ago

i pass the math failed the reading do i still go to 6grade yes or no


andrea 6 years ago

I JUST GO MY FCAT SCORES IN AND I GO A 2 AND TWO 1 1'S I HOPE I PASSED WHEN I FOUND OUT I STARTED CRYING BUT I FOUND OUT THAT IF YOU HAVE GOOD BEHAVIOR ALL YEAR AND GOOD GRADES YOU MIGHT PASS AND THAT IS ME SO I HOPE IT COMES TRUE FOR ME.


Fcat hater 123 :) 6 years ago

I personally can not wait until I get my score just to get off all of the pressure but I am a little nervous lucky for all of us though next year there will be no more fcat but don't get excited it is just going to have a different name pretty much but good luck to all of you :)


pressure 6 years ago

I just got my fcat score in i got level 2 in math and reading wil i be able to go in 7 grade? just say yes or no cause i want the answer now.


vanessa 6 years ago

um i got a 1 in reading fcat and a 3 in math fcat and im in 6 grade does that mean i get to go to 7 grade???

Im sooooo scare


common576 6 years ago

i don't know y the fcat is so hard like that i don't know


ely 6 years ago

well you cant be held back from poor fcat scores as long as your not in 3rd grade (florida)

i hate fcat because personally reading is my best subject yet every year since 8th ive gotten a 1 then a 2 and another 2, im going to be a junior in intensive reading filled with most morons in the world. (yay me, i wish i was in prvate school) the fcat is designd to make you fail, trick questions, boring articles and for the math there are problems put on there that the teachers arent required to teach til months after the test. face it people the government is so hypocritical and selfish for cash that they don't want anyone to be in their rank even though they're old as f**k and will probably die within a few years.


ely 6 years ago

email me to let me know your thoughts.

sugarmonkies@yahoo.com

just put FCAT SUCKS in the subject line.


thomas b  6 years ago

to all the people asking for help at passing based on your grammar skills there is probably a reason your failing....


Linn1980 6 years ago

I think FCAT is the absolute dumbest test Fl has for children. My 6th grade daughter is in advanced reading/math/and science. She made passing grades with flying colors on her report card and failed Fcat miserably. She scored below level/almost at level on math and reading.I would love to see Florida FCAT thrown out or I would love to have the makers/creators of the FCAT have to test on everything they learned to get the position they are in. If they FAIL reguardless of how good of a job they have done and are doing in the position they hold, well they should just take a big ole paycut. FCAT sucks..it sucked when I was in school. Now I have 4 children who will have to go through this junk...THROW FCAT OUT!.


Juan Diaz 6 years ago

i want to pass the fcat...!!!:) so if im a senior and i haven't pass the both parts of the fcats...what will happen if i do the same thing like last year!!! i did't pass the fact...can i get my diploma!!!


.:JOK3R D1AZ:. 6 years ago

WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I DON'T PASSED THE FCAT IN MY 2011 SENIOR YEAR!!! CAN I GET MY DIPLOMA...!!! EVEN IF I HAVE TO GO SCHOOL!!! WRITE ME


ladiesman 5 years ago

i think fcat is so dang fun cause you get to spend hours answering questions yay i love fcat you guys are haters yall is to sttupid to take haha maybe you should just go to another state and leave the government alone hahahahahahahahhhahahahahahhahahaahhaahahhahahahahaahhahahahahaahah yall is dumb


jayflower 5 years ago

i think fcat is so dang fun cause you get to spend hours answering questions yay i love fcat you guys are haters yall is to sttupid to take haha maybe you should just go to another state and leave the government alone hahahahahahahahhhahahahahahhahahaahhaahahhahahahahaahhahahahahaahah yall is dumb ya boy i love fishsticks


Joseph 5 years ago

Im taking the FCAT soon and im a really good student i get As and Bs but when the fcat came last year i got a 3 in math and 5 in reading. i have terrible handwriting and i have to take writing this year its so stressful my parents are constantly making me write!


Gladys 5 years ago

Something even MORE stupid than the FCAT, is demanding ESE students to pass it. Typical / average kids struggle, imagine ESE children !!!


fcatpreassure:( 5 years ago

well...i have to take the fcat soon....i am freaking out...i am on 8th grade and of i do poor on the fcat will i get held back....i have advanced classes and i have A n B in every class...pls reply fast :(


Alicia 5 years ago

You can't measure what people can do, and their abilities by a test.


oriana 5 years ago

OMFG IM FRREAAKINGG OUT LIKE CRAZZYY!! NEXT WEEEKK i have FCAT! AND MONDAY WE HAVE MATH FCAT! i have an F in math right now, and math is really important, THAT IM SO WORRIED AND SAD AND SCARED!!! IDK IF I WILL PASS TO MIDDLE SCHOOL! IM IN 5TH GRADE AND ABOUT OR NOT GO TO 6TH GRADE! OMFG IM SO SCAREDDDDDDDDDD!!!! someonee! HELP ME. IM WORRIED. LIKE CRAZHY!


Maya Deeb 5 years ago

I have my test in 2 days, and I'm really nervous! I used to live in Ohio, and the tests there were so low key, but here the teachers say "If anybody cheats, or anything goes wrong, I can get fired"! Also up in Ohio I was a straight "A(+)" student! Here I'm barely an "A-B" student! Education here sucks!!!! why can't we all stay in kindergarten and not stupid 6th grade and higher??


Elizabeth Hernandez 5 years ago

Hi I'm in 4th grade and fcat is starting tomorrow. I'm not good at math and I'm freaking out. Any good tips on how to pass 4th grade math?


URK MAN 5 years ago

NIGGA I KNOE I FIALED 8TH GRADE MATH I HATE FLORIDA MAN IM MOVING TO ATLANTA OR NEW YORK THE FCAT IS SHEER ABUSE TO CHILDREN THEY TEST KIDS ON THINGS THEY MIGHT NOT HAVE EVEN LEARNED HARD ENOUGH DEPENDING ON WHAT GRADE SCHOOL YOUR CHILD GOES TO IF HE OR SHE GOES TO A D OR F SCHOOL U KNOE THEY GONNA FAIL BECAUSE THE TEACHERS ARE LAZY LIKE MCLANE GOD DAMNIT FUCK MCLANE GOT ME FAILIN


yanellis 5 years ago

omg i hate the fcat what do i do if if don't pass ?????? i hope i will. i took all of them already and i got a 3 on the writing omg what do i do i hope i pass them so i can pass 4th grade.


geekedout 5 years ago

teehee.....im awesome


BigE 5 years ago

If you hate tests like the SAT,FCAT,ARMT,etc.,try homeschooling,I skipped the last 2 months of sixth grade,and all of 7th grade,I do not have to take those tests from what I understand,also,homeschooling does unlock your full potential,I was ahead of my classin most every way in public school,it is easier for me to advance at my full potential,due to the fact that the teachers,(my parents of course),have only got 1 child to work with,Thanks to home schooling,I will be taking early college courses,and will graduate at the age of 16 with an advanced diploma,and my basic college courses complete,allowing me to 1.Get a head start on video game programming and design,or I might want to become a cardiologist,only time will tell,2.I will most likely get a paid scholarship into a "top-of-the-line" college,The only down side to homeschooling is that it is virtually impossible to join band,also,if you are worried about social activities,don't be,most homeschool groups have field trip programs,such as the teen scene etc.,from which parents plan really fun field trips such as paintball,lasertag,etc.All and all,homeschooling is a great way to get an education,with other skills,that teachers don't have the time to teach you,due to the fact that they have to keep track of so many students,hope you found this helpful,

BigE


URK MAN 5 years ago

Look at me,I can't spell and use unnecessary vulgar language,aren't I smart?


bribri 5 years ago

that's a shame unique! and i know you TyQuan !!!!!!!!!! i passed the fcat !!!!!!!!!!!!


Dan 5 years ago

ok since the fourth grade, I have never passed the F.C.A.T,ever, no matter what i do, no matter how much faith i have in my abilities to pass, i can not succeed, im an eleventh grader this year, with intensive classes however im actualy realy smart, but if i do not pass this test this year, or the next i do not get a deploma,and just the thaught of that makes me want to give up on life because withought a deploma how can you live life? it will be acceptionaly hard to get jobs, and people will alwase look at that paper, that compleation of highschool with no "real" deploma and frown apon you. i don't know, this test just...i don't know if im over thinking everything or there are more than 1 correct answer and the right one is the wrong one or what but i have 2 more years if i don't pass this year, if not, my life is automaticaly finanialy challenged, and the jobs markets are in the shits :/ what will i do if i don't pass...... thanks you goddman shit hole government fuck heads


adri 5 years ago

i past my fcat with high 5s i always do


Student 5 years ago

Why doesn't anyone on this site write proper English and/or spell correctly? These kids pass the FCAT? Horrendous English grammar and spelling. All of you should go back to school and take the FCAT again!


student4 4 years ago

i don't even speak english good i have to take fcat and try to pass i only have 6 months here that a buse too me them people. who ever create fcat didn't want people to have a great life also that p


its whatever123 4 years ago

- Honestly taking the FCAT is a waist of time. If you look at it, Many high school seniors are dropping out simply because they can not pass this test. The state of Florida NEEDS to take it out. its just not fair to these kids. Jeb Bush took this test and FAILED it. now tell me how stupid that makes him look.


LadyE 4 years ago

I have all my credits and passed my math fcat but didn't get my diploma because I didn't pass my reading that sucks. Is there anything that I could do to get my diploma? Don't want my GED, I want to continue my education but can't without my diploma.


courtney 4 years ago

My name is courtney R. in i passed the mathand writing fcat. but i didn't pass the reading fcat yet. i thought that i was going to fail the math and pass the reading but i didn't. this is my last year of school. my teacher said that i have to pass the reading fcat are i am not going to get my high school deploma. what do i do?


Fcat savior 4 years ago

World hope academy doesn't require the fcat


arintaya 4 years ago

I just saw what florida is doing to our students. I'm not from florida, I live in Maryland but I'm right on the district of columbia line. Meaning the president is my neighbor. I would really like to know what help I can be in getting rid of that ridiculous fcat that's holding our kids back and emotionally damaging them for life. When I heard kids are dropping out of school and committing suicide I cried out to God for diserment. Please if I can help respond and I will get I contact with you. Nataya31280@gmail.com


Chell 4 years ago

In High School Fl allows you to take the SAT"s. If you score a 16 (i think it is a 16)in reading or above you can BY PASS FCAT. The High School will make you take it ...BUT you don't have to pass and you will get your high school Diploma. I had 2 girls that never passed FCAT reading. Did Math but not reading... They scored well on SAT...They No longer had to FCAT reading classes either. One daughter was a member of National Honor Society... FCAT MEAN NOTHING IN COLLEGE... They don't ask for you FCAT SCORES... EVEN in FL college's ... FCAT is a BIG JOKE !!!!!


arintaya 4 years ago

When a child in the 3rd grade doesn't pass the fcat and his held back for 3 years, meaning this child is now 11 or 12 in the 3rd grade, how many more times do they hold them back? That is the most ridiculous unjust and crazy thing to do to a child I've ever seen. All because of a test. The children are doing well in their everyday classes and this test determines if they are ready to move on, crazy just crazy. Can you imagine how children feel the toll. I am so sick of this blatant bias system. They need to be stopped.


ahhhhhhhhhhh 4 years ago

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO I FAILED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


keno curtis 4 years ago

i got a 4 and a 5 on fcat 4 in reading 5 in math


Laila 4 years ago

If I was held back for three years in the third grade I would probably quit school, and teach myself through many books. You learn more from reading books than you do in school. Everything is school is all about an agenda anyway.


key 4 years ago

i hope i pass the fcat it tomorrow and i am in 4 grade ir donot want to even-do the grade and fcat is in feb 28 today it fed 27 thx foe the help & i think that i will pass the fcat writes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Miimii 4 years ago

I"m a Junior & have not passed the Fcat I just hope I pass it on the retakes wish me luck !!


brian 4 years ago

I am in 5 and i am scard if i do not pass the fcat because my parents are going to be sad


natacha 4 years ago

i need to pass the fcat


natacha 4 years ago

i am in 3 and i need to pass the fcat and i now i am


Lianette Viogoro 4 years ago

Both of my parents, 4 of my uncles, 2 of my aunts and my sister are all teachers. The FCAT really IS dumb, since some kids have problems with taking tests due to nervousness. Just because you have good behavior does NOT mean you can pass, but if you really try, like staying after school and going to school on Saturdays, then they can be 'flexible' and bail you out. But the chances of you passing that grade and doing extremely well the next year is low.


lol 4 years ago

THANKS LOL


Jayman982 4 years ago

I have FCAT this week actually and I'm in the 8th grade, I have been in private school for years and this is my first time taking it don't know what to expect I'm gonna try my best reading and science shouldn't be much of a problem gotta to all out on math considering the fact it's my worst subject ever, FCAT may suck but it's important to pass maybe one day they will get rid of it. I hope that is soon


Parent 4 years ago

Those of you that are in high school and are having problems passing FCAT, start taking the ACT and/or the SAT, those scores can override FCAT once you hv failed it three times. Many people do not know this but speak to your counselor or google it. It's called concordent scores for FCAT.


Gooseamondo 4 years ago

FCAT IS JUST SO HORRIBLE, SOME PEOPLE SHOULD DISSERVE TO PASS BUT DON'T. I KNOW SOMEONE WHO DIDN'T PASS BUT REALLY SHOULD HAVE BECAUSE SHE IS VERY SMART.I HAVE NEVER FAILED. IF I DO IT WOULD BE HORRIBLE TO LEAVE MY FRIENDS


dandelionw 4 years ago

yes depend on the score you get on the reading and math section on the ACT or SAT test, it can replace the FCAT. Try to take the ACT or SAT at least in your junior year so if you haven't pass the FCAT yet depend on your scores you won't have to keep taking the FCAT. Speak to your guidedance counselor they will are the ones to submitt the ACT or SAT scores in replace of the FCAT scores. Good luck to all you hard working children out there.


Alli.♥ 4 years ago

Broo ! im so scared! :(

todayss the 5th grade FCAT and its math . [my worst subject] ,i have a C in mathh and im scared! :( really hopeing i pass .


jasmine 4 years ago

(i really hope i pass) the science cuz science is my worst subjet


Gooseamondo 4 years ago

I have 5th grade Science soon i am so scared.

Science is my worst subject but you never know it could be very easy!


Gooseamondo 4 years ago

Here is tip for people,every night go to sleep and pray to God and say lord will you please help me pass the FCAT.i do that all the time and i stay on track. just know that the Lord will help you do anything if you just ask him.


person101112 4 years ago

2 days untill grade 5 FCAT :-(


person101112 4 years ago

2 days until grade 5 FCAT :-(


allie 4 years ago

FCATS are only made to piss people off a stress out students. But along that line... I have 10th grade algebra next month, *HUGE BREATH* Sooo yeah. ;___; I'm going to fail.


Gooseamondo 4 years ago

i am so glad Fcat is over 5th grade just had a celebration yesterday and it turns out science Fcat was very easy!!!!!!!


Derp? 4 years ago

LOL i love how just about everybody here has horrible spelling. Mo wonder they failed. I'm in 5th grade and can spell WAY better. :/


Smile 4 years ago

I see a lot of horrible comments about FCAT. FCAT is the dumbest thing that Florida adopted. A child shouldn't be pressured into passing a test just to go to the next grade. The stress along will make the average person fail anything.


Dad's Girlfriend 4 years ago

His daughter failed the FCAT reading comprehension 4 times in a row. Her dad got the latest results today, 2 days after she 'graduated'. Two days later and we find out she didn't pass. Not sure what she should do now. Get her GED or try to pass the FCAT again. She didn't do well on the SAT either. How do you help an adult that doesn't know how to read?


Angelina 4 years ago

I Hope I passed fcat its REALY HARD


Nicole 4 years ago

Fcats bull the highschool teachers do not take it seriously mine was actually talking through the test! I didn't think i did too bad till i got my test back turns out i failed by one point ONE FREAKING POINT and now i have to spend the year in an intensive reading class where the teacher cant talk because all the....."regular" kids don't know how to behave like normal people....I think the law about how if you fail fcat you must be put in a reading class is stupid it's a sorry excuse for a class considering we will not be taught anything I think FLORIDA needs to reconsider there options and not make the storys so borring I want to claw my eyes out, like last year there was a story on yawning who the hell wants to know yawning is a natural contagious process that if you see someone doing it your body will start yawning too!


Mary 4 years ago

do you need to pass the 8th grade fcats to go into the 9th grade?


Hbee 4 years ago

My 3rd grader failed the fcat and can read and write and do math..Now summer school or a grade repeat? This is ridiculous!


jen 4 years ago

Monica the 2 comment!!!! Ur completely wrong if they fail the 4th grade they will not fail the grade.


wendy 4 years ago

i really wanna know if i pass or fail the FCAT because it is like all my life and i don't thin i'm gonna make it what a life


Mmmmsje 3 years ago

When I was in 4th grade I pass fcat got a 3 in reading 4 in math and 4 in writing


jasmjne 3 years ago

omg omg omg i hate fcats


Nathaniel 2 years ago

I cand stand fcat but ay everyone has to go thru it


carmen 2 years ago

my doughter never past the fcat she is in 8 th grade now never repeted de grade . so don't worried if they don't pass tnee fcat they will go to intense classes.


Ralph 2 years ago

First let me say this... everyone here whining about the FCAT... every state has similar testing. You can move up North, great one less dumb person in Florida - but you will still have to take testing in whatever state you move to.

If you fail the FCAT - in elementary school, they will either have you take a retake or they will pass you onto the next grade. (Because there is this really stupid think in Florida - Leave No Child Behind - So if you are as dumb as a box of rocks... you can still go onto the next grade. )

If you have learning disabilities, and it is documented (ex. ESE students), then you can Fail the FCAT as long as you have passed all 4 quarters of the class (you can get a waiver - to that says you actually passed (even thought you did not)).

Some kids take this to the point of, they skim by throughout the year (passing with C's or D's.. but that is passing), Christmas Tree the FCAT and then pull out the I am an ESE student and I can use a waiver to get by.

So, what is the point???


Nonhle 20 months ago

My cchild has failed grade 4 for 4th time what must I do cause his devastated now

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