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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — The results are in  for Florida’s Comprehensive Assessment Test also known as the FCAT.

The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) announced the results Friday, May 23rd.

More than half of third-grade students passed the math and reading standardized exams.

Fifty-seven percent of third graders scored at a level 3 or higher in 2014, the same as the previous year. Fifty-eight percent reached the passing score in math, also unchanged from 2013.

While the state’s performance in third grade reading remained unchanged from the previous year, both Miami-Dade and Broward counties were up three percent, according to FDOE.

Miami-Dade improved from 53 percent scoring Level 3 and above in 2013 to 56 percent. Broward improved from 54 percent scoring Level 3 and above in 2013 to 57 percent.

Florida students must score a level 2 or higher in reading on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test in order to advance to the next grade. Nineteen percent scored a level 1 in 2014, though it was still unknown exactly how many of those students would be retained.

This year marks the last administration of the FCAT. Students will take a new exam aligned with the Common Core standards next year.

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