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Updated: 5/27/2010 11:58 pm
Jacksonville, Fla.-- Parents will be waiting a little longer to get their kids FCAT scores.

RJ is perfecting his baseball skills. The fourth grader isn't worrying about the FCAT exam he took months ago. However, his mom is still waiting on his scores. "He said well I think I did ok, but you never know," said Donna Falco.

Falco will be waiting a little longer than usual. "It's kind of hard because you don't know how they did, where they stand, what they need to work on for the summer until you actually get them," said Falco.

The state education department says a change in the way it grades the FCAT writing portion and some changes with its own system are delaying test scores. Normally there are charts to show how districts do when results are released. Usually two people grade the writing test.

The chief academic officer for the Duval school district says parents shouldn't worry. "The state had to cut back and they have one scorer, where they had multiple scorers before. I think they're validating that data so they know what it should look like," said Kathryn LeRoy.

But mom's like Donna know the stress their kids are under. Classrooms have signs everywhere about the FCAT.
They have sample questions in every subject. "They put so much emphasis on the test during the school season, I think the kids stress out over it," said Falco.

Students in 4th to 12th grades should expect the scores around June 17th. The state education department tells Action News, normally they're out in early June.

The FCAT scores for third graders were released today. We have how our area districts did posted on our website.
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