All Florida public schools teach the Florida Standards, and the FCAT 2.0 is one of the annual criterion-referenced tests used to measure how well students learn what is taught. (EOC Assessments are also used.) The FCAT 2.0 is being replaced by new Florida Standards Assessments, however, it is still being used for the statewide science assessment for students in grades 5 and 8.
All public school students are required to participate in the statewide assessment program. All students with disabilities are required to participate, unless they meet specific exclusion criteria. Private school students (including those enrolled in umbrella schools) do not participate unless they are attending a private school through a McKay or Florida Tax Credit scholarship program. Homeschooled students may participate in FCAT testing if the FCAT is chosen to meet the annual evaluation requirement.
The FCAT is administered at no charge at the district school in which the student is zoned. Test schedules can be found on the Florida Standards Assessments Portal.
Who to Contact
At the beginning of each school year, parents/guardians of home educated students must notify their district testing office of their intention to use statewide assessments as that year's annual measure of their students' progress. If you would like for your child to participate in the FCAT science assessment, contact your zoned district school to make arrangements.
A Few Helpful Links
These links below provide more information about the FCAT and take you to resources offered by the Florida Department of Education.
- Assessment and School Performance Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the FCAT
- FCAT Released Tests & Questions for downloadable PDF practice tests
- FCAT 2.0 Sample Questions and Answer Key Booksfor downloadable test booklets and answer keys