Published: Jun 01, 2012 7:30 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 01, 2012 7:38 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Just under half of Florida's high school freshmen passed an algebra test needed to graduate, but middle school students who took it did much better on the end of course exam.
    
Results posted Friday show 48 percent of ninth graders taking the Algebra 1 exam for the first time passed it. The students who failed will have to retake the course or get other remediation before taking the test again.
    
This year's freshman class is the first that must pass the test to graduate.
    
Eighty-seven percent of students in grades six through eight taking the test for the first time passed it. But fewer students took it as algebra is not required in middle school.
    
State education officials said the results across the board were better than expected.

To see the results for all districts and schools: http://fcat.fldoe.org/mediapacket/2012/default.asp