Changes to FCAT evaluation may help schools

Reporter: Alex Zequeira

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (Fox 29) - Did they make the grade? Ranging from "A" to "F," grades are used to award and sanction schools. This year the focus doesn't sit solely on the FCAT scores.

The grading system is a little different this year, in addition to the FCAT scores, individual student performance will also be evaluated when determining a school's grade.

The FCAT will constitute 50% of a school's evaluation, but now participation exams, participation events and achievement in studies will also be taken into consideration.

Parents, educators and school administrators all had concerns. Many claim that the standardized tests were not enough.

A Palm Beach County School gets an extra $85 per student, per grade. Last year only a third of  the schools met the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. Many believe this is largely due to the fact that FCAT scores help to decide if those requirements are met.