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The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)

All Florida public schools teach the Florida Standards, and the FCAT 2.0 is one of the annual criterion-referenced tests used to measure how well students learn what is taught. (EOC Assessments are also used.) The FCAT 2.0 is being replaced by new Florida Standards Assessments, however, it is still being used for the statewide science assessment for students in grades 5 and 8.  

Who Participates

All public school students are required to participate in the statewide assessment program. All students with disabilities are required to participate, unless they meet specific exclusion criteria. Private school students (including those enrolled in umbrella schools) do not participate unless they are attending a private school through a McKay or Florida Tax Credit scholarship program. Homeschooled students may participate in FCAT testing if the FCAT is chosen to meet the annual evaluation requirement.

FCAT Administration

The FCAT is administered at no charge at the district school in which the student is zoned. Test schedules can be found on the Florida Standards Assessments Portal

Who to Contact

At the beginning of each school year, parents/guardians of home educated students must notify their district testing office of their intention to use statewide assessments as that year's annual measure of their students' progress. If you would like for your child to participate in the FCAT science assessment, contact your zoned district school to make arrangements.

A Few Helpful Links

These links below provide more information about the FCAT and take you to resources offered by the Florida Department of Education.

Beginning with students who entered grade 9 in the 2010-2011 school year, students who did not earned the required passing score of 245 on the Grade 10 FCAT 2.0 Reading Assessment may earn a concordant passing score of 430 on the SAT or 19 on the ACT. (6A-1.094223)