This week our scores came in for the FCAT Writing test fourth grade took a few months ago. Students were given a writing prompt and had sixty minutes to figure out what type of prompt it was and to write a two page expository essay or narrative prompt. The test is scored out of six with “6” being perfect and “3.5” or higher as passing. While it’s always important to take the results of these assessments with a grain of salt, fourth grade’s hard work definitely paid off. The state average was 53% of students scoring a passing grade (3.5) or higher – our class had 78% of students score a 3.5 or higher. I met with each student today, went over their score, and wrote it in their agenda. I also told each student how proud I was of all of them, whether they passed or not each and every student has made great gains this year.
Remember, this is NOT a retention test! Even if students didn’t pass they will still be going on to 5th grade! What this does is tell us how well our writing instruction is working and which students need to really focus more on their writing in the coming year. If your child somehow lost their agenda or didn’t bring it to school today and you’d like to know their scores (or if you have any questions) please feel free to shoot me an email, firstname.lastname@example.org.