FCAT (Florida Child Assessment Test) scores are sent to students and parents by the school the child attends. These could be distributed in an electronic format, by post or both once they have been received from the Department of Education. If you haven’t received a hard copy of your child’s FCAT scores, you should contact your child’s school directly and ask for a copy.
Before you do this it is important to read the following information first:
Prior to requesting the results, please allow adequate time between the testing period and the distribution of results. Parents are often unaware of the process undertaken from the point of the assessment to the delivery of results. There are a number of timely processes involved from the student being assessed at school to the return of the FCAT scores.
The process is a complex one which involves a rigorous quality control to assure accuracy via electronic and manual checking mechanisms. A final rechecking of the results for the whole state takes place where answer sheets are put through a lengthy process of intense scrutiny. Once the Department of Education is satisfied that the results are accurate and have undergone all the checking procedures, reports are then sent to the districts. Districts then send the reports to the schools, and finally the schools are responsible for distributing the individual scores to each student who participated in the assessment.
The sheer amount of checking mechanisms prior to the results being sent from the Department of Education, and the time allowed for district to distribute to schools, means that there will be a delay between the initial assessment by the student to the return of the scores. Parents are asked to bear these time periods in mind before contacting the school.