It's officially FCAT season!
Tuesday morning 4th, 8th and 10th graders across the state took part in Florida Writes, the writing portion of the FCAT exam. This exam marks the beginning of months of testing.
Superintendent Bill Husfelt is sending out letters to parents this month about his concerns with the states new Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, commonly referred to FCAT 2.0. He says this test is much harder and increases the expectations that may be out of reach for students. He's warning parents that student's FCAT results may come out lower this year and that can result in the lowering of school grades as well.
"It's more difficult, more challenging, so there is a lot of things happening that we are just afraid the general public doesn't understand," said Superintendent Bill Husfelt. "We are trying to give parents a heads up because what's going to happen is when little Sally and Johnny come home and they've been making a level 3 or level 4 and they drop down a level to level 2 or 3 they are going to get upset and wanting at know what happened and we are trying to get them prepared for that," Husfelt said.
Students will be taking the FCAT Math and Reading exams beginning on April 16th.