Definitions for "FCAT"
Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is the statewide assessment program that specifically addresses a student's ability to perform on the Sunshine State Standards in Florida. The test questions and performance tasks are written to measure specific Sunshine State Standards benchmarks in the areas of reading in grades 3 through 10, mathematics in grades 3 through 10, writing in grades 4, 8, and 10, and science in grades 5, 8, and 10. A passing score on the grade 10 FCAT or reading and mathematics is a graduation requirement. (Go to the Florida DOE's FCAT home page at and the FCAT page of this website.
Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. FCAT is a series of reading, math, and science tests given to every public school student in Florida who is in grades 3 through 10. Students actually take two different types of tests, each with a math and a reading section. In grades 5, 8, and 10 there is a science section and in grades 4, 8, and 10 students are also tested in writing.
standardized test given to all Florida public school children beginning in grade three. The purpose of instituting the FCAT was to establish a starting point to measure achievement of Florida students against Sunshine State Standards in reading, mathematics and science (5th grade only). FCAT is administered in March of each year.