Published: May 18, 2012 11:02 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The first batch of scores on the new, more rigid Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test are set for release. The Department of Education said it would announce on Friday the FCAT results for ninth and 10th grade reading as well as writing scores for the fourth, eighth and 10th grades. Preliminary scores on the writing portion of standardized test were so low that the State Board of Education reduced the passing grade earlier this week. Without the board's emergency rule, only about a third of the students would have been rated proficient. About 80 percent now are expected to pass, approximately the same as last year. Friday's results also will include retakes of reading and math tests.