LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Imagine the Super Bowl and World Series rolled into one. That's kind of how people in public education look on the FCAT, the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. It's critical for students, teachers, and school districts.
"Yes, it is a factor in how they evaluate us. So it does matter," says Stephanie Richter, a third-grade teacher at Colonial Elementary in Fort Myers. She begins her 7th FCAT on Monday.
"There is pressure. But we prepare, starting from the day the students enter the classroom," says Richter.
Student Dulce Alvarado feels ready.
"I believe I am going to do well on FCAT. I am a little nervous, but I am going to do fine," she tells WINK News.
Third, fourth and fifth-graders take the FCAT next week. Students in higher grades take it the following week.
Colonial has been using tutors and resource teacheres to try to improve its "C" grade on the FCAT.
"We do focus on it, from day one, and I believe we are prepared and ready to jump to an "A" school," says Assistant principal Linda Buckley.