Students are assessed by their teachers as they participate in the daily classroom instructional program. Teachers use a variety of methods to assess the progress of their students. Teachers report the progress of students through mid-term reports and each nine weeks on the quarterly report card. Some schools have a program that allows parents and students to check on grades throughout the nine weeks on the computer. Check with your child's school to determine if this is available.
At the end of each quarter (nine weeks) a grade is assigned for each class in which the student is enrolled. The grading scale is: 90-100 = A, 80-89 = B, 70-79 = C, 60-69 = D and 0-59 = F.
The report card will also reflect information regarding the student's attendance and conduct.
Students are assessed annually using Florida's state-wide assessment referred to as FCAT. Students in Grades 3 thru 10 take the FCAT-SSS which is a criterion-referenced test on the Sunshine State Standards on which our curriculum is based and the FCAT-NRT which is a norm-referenced test (this test will no longer be taken after the 2007-08 school year). Both of the segments cover the areas of reading and math. Students in Grades 5, 8 and 11 are also given FCAT-SSS on the area of science. In addition, the students in Grades 4, 8 and 10 take FCAT Writing which is a segment of the state's assessment that tests the student's writing skills.
It is important that all students are in attendance for the testing. By having annual test results, the parent, teacher and student can see measured progress in annual learning gains.
Even though the preparation for FCAT testing is done throughout the school year by the curriculum that is taught based on the Sunshine State Standards, often there are extra FCAT preparation materials and activities that are available as well. Ask your child's teacher about how to access FCAT Explorer on your home computer for extra practice for your child.
10th Grade requirements
Students who expect to graduate from high school
must earn passing scores on the Reading and Mathematics
portion of the Grade 10 FCAT. After Grade 10, there will be additional
opportunities to retake the test and earn passing scores. Passing scores for the
Grade 10 FCAT are 1926 (scale score of 300) or above for the Reading test and
1889 (scale score of 300) or above for the Mathematics test. For more
information about Florida's graduation requirement, click