This is the students’ first year of FCAT and BAT testing. The BATs help us determine how the students are likely to do on the FCAT and therefore help us more effectively direct our instruction. Students take BATs in September and November, then the FCAT is in April. The first round of BAT testing will begin on September 12, 2011. Students need to get a good night of sleep, eat breakfast, arrive on time and try their best. Try not to miss school from September 12-15th as BATs sometimes cannot be made up.