One of the most common concerns for home buyers is the quality of schools in a particular area and the most accepted measure of that quality in Florida is the FCAT score.
The FCAT test is administered to students in grades 3-11 and measures 2 basic components: criterion reference test (CRT), which measures benchmarks in Florida with regard to Math, Science, Reading, and Writing; and norm reference test (NRT), which measures Reading and Writing against national benchmarks. Whether or not the scores accurately reflect a school’s quality is another debate altogether but this score does provide a comparative measure.
Good public schools are always in demand and in turn affects real estate values. Communities with high scoring school districts appreciate more or in this market, depreciate less than communities with low scoring school districts. You also just want your kids to going to a good school.
As a result, many eagerly await the FCAT scores which are released around this time every year. The 2008 scores should be released soon. Here’s a handy tool to look up FCAT scores for schools of interest.
Check The 2008 FCAT Scores for Your School: HERE