TALLAHASSEE, FLA. -- The latest batch of FCAT scores shows third graders did a little better on the math test and a little worse on the reading test that had been expected.
More that 36 thousand third graders in Florida failed the FCAT writing test this year and they could be held back.
But the actual number of kids who don't make it to the 4th grade should be much lower.
Education officials say there are ways to get around that FCAT requirement.
Successful completion of portfolio work and summer reading-camp work are just a couple of ways that a third grader this year can make it into the fourth grade, despite a poor FCAT score.
Overall, this year's reading and math scores were about the same as last years... but only because they changed last years scores to make them look lower.
Education officials insist they're not manipulating the numbers... they call it "retrofitting" the scores to account for a change in the exam.