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High School Completion Rate Increased Slightly After FCAT Graduation Policy Implemented, Report No. 07-27, April 2007
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  • While there have been concerns that the FCAT graduation policy would result in greater high school dropouts, this has not occurred.  After the policy was established that students must pass the 10th grade FCAT to receive a standard diploma, the percentage of first-time 9th graders who went on to complete high school has increased slightly, while the proportion of students who demonstrate acceptable performance in the 10th-grade Sunshine State Standards in math and reading has almost doubled.
  • Students who do not meet the state’s FCAT achievement standards generally have more difficulty with reading than math, and do not utilize all retake opportunities.  While there are five retake opportunities prior to their scheduled graduation date, these students took the test an average of three times.  Of the students who did not pass the FCAT before they were scheduled to graduate, 44% did not complete a Florida public high school program within four years.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Instructional Materials
Public Schools (K-12 Education)
Remedial and Supplemental Academic Instruction
School Improvement, Assessment, and Accountability

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 06-66 Third Grade Retention Policy Leading to Better Student Performance Statewide, published in October 2006.
  • Report No. 04-41 Progress Report: K-12 Accountability System and Student Achievement Improved, But Challenges Remain, published in June 2004.
  • Report No. 01-22 Justification Review: Kindergarten Through Twelfth Grade Public Education Program, published in April 2001.
  • Report No. 00-07 Progress Report: Florida Actions Should Improve Student Performance in High-Poverty Schools, published in August 2000.

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