Published: May 20, 2010 6:40 PM EDT
Updated: May 20, 2010 6:39 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Only 16 percent of about 22,000 high
school seniors retaking the reading portion of the Florida
Comprehensive Assessment Test have passed it.
      Figures released Wednesday by the Department of Education also
show 28 percent of nearly 8,600 seniors retaking the FCAT math test
have passed.
      That compares to 20 percent of seniors passing the reading part
and 26 percent the math portion last year.
      Students get up to five chances to take the FCAT, but if they
still haven't passed both parts by the time they graduate they
cannot receive a standard diploma unless they score well on college
entrance tests.