FSA reading scores cause concern for third-graders


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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The Florida Department of Education released the 2019 Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) reading exam results. However, the results might cause concern for some parents.

About 20 percent of Florida’s third-graders may not move on to the fourth grade next year because they did not receive a passing score. 

According to FSA, 25 percent of third-graders in Hillsborough County who took the reading test scored at the lowest level, which is a score of 240 to 284 out of 360. 

Pasco and Hernando County each had 18 percent at the lowest level and Pinellas had 19 percent. 

Students who didn’t pass are at risk of being held back unless they can apply for an exemption, which includes demonstrating adequate skills on an alternate test or through a performance portfolio. According to FSA, parents would need to reach out to their student’s respective county for exemption options. 

The minimum score for third-graders that would be considered a passing score is within performance level three, which is a score of 300 to 314. 

For a detailed list of this year’s results, check the Florida Department of Education’s website

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