TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - State education officials say scores on this year's more rigorous Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test are better than they expected.

They released the final batch of FCAT 2.0 scores on Tuesday.

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Officials had warned scores would be lower with the new test and scoring scheme.

Overall only 57 percent of students scored on or above grade level in reading in grades three through 10. The figure also was 57 percent for math in grades three through eight.

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But in each case that was a 1 percentage point improvement compared to revised 2011 grades based on this year's tougher scoring standards.

FCAT scores are a major factor in school grades expected to be released in three or four weeks. The A-to-F grades are used to reward and sanction schools.

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6/5/2012 11:38:14 AM (GMT -4:00)