State Board of Education lowers FCAT writing passing grade (update)

The Florida Board of Education voted today unanimously to lower the passing grade for the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test writing exam. Preliminary results showed only about a third of students had passed, down from 80 percent in 2011.

The 2011 test is more difficult and the board raised last summer the passing grade from 3.5 to 4–on a scale of 1-6.

Dropping the passing grade to 3.5 somewhat improves the percentage passing for the exam: 48 percent for 4th grade, 53 percent for 8th grade and 60 percent for 10th grade.

The board went even further and dropped the passing grade to Level 3 which gets the 2012 percentages more in line with last year:

Level 3 or higher
4th grade: 81 percent
8th grade: 77 percent
10th grade: 84 percent