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Date of Issue: May 11, 2006

AME third-graders make FCAT history

Anna Maria Elementary School third-graders have something to be proud of besides high scores on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. AME is the first school in Manatee County history to report an entire grade-level passed an FCAT test. In this case, 100 percent of AME third-graders passed the reading portion of the FCAT.

Traditionally one of the top performing schools in the Manatee County School District, AME Principal Kathy Hayes said it is highly unusual for a school not to have some students score at level one, the lowest achievement level.

For third-graders, Hayes said, passing the reading FCAT is vital for student promotion to fourth-grade.

AME's third-grade reading scores increased from 84 percent in 2005 to 97 percent of this year's class achieving a level 3 or higher - the highest possible scores.

Countywide, only 72 percent of third-graders scored a three or above. The state average is 75 percent.

On the math FCAT, AME was also at the top of the district, with 89 percent of students at level three and above, down only one percent from 2005.

Countywide, 67 percent of third-graders achieved at the highest performance levels and the state average is 72 percent.