FCAT testing begins in Florida schools

(AP)-  It's FCAT week for students across Florida.

Students in elementary, middle and high school are required to take the Florida Comprehensive Achievement Tests each spring. This year students will take the FCAT 2.0, which carries a tougher standard than the original FCAT.

The tests are used to help determine a child's progress in school.

The Tallahassee Democrat (http://on.tdo.com/J0N3un ) reports a failing grade can affect students in a number of ways. Third-grade students who fail can be retained. Failing grades can also force students to take remedial math or reading classes and eventually keep students from graduating high school.

A 10th grade student must pass the reading portion of the FCAT to graduate. But they get two chances to pass in 11th grade and two more opportunities senior year.

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