Free McDonald's breakfast meal for FCAT testing students

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The meal includes an Egg McMuffin sandwich, Apple Dippers, and either lowfat milk or orange juice.

Tampa, Florida -- Students can grab a free meal to fill their bellies before Monday's FCAT tests.

McDonald's restaurants across the Tampa Bay area will serve any 3rd-11th grader a free breakfast on Monday, April 11th, from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

The meal includes an Egg McMuffin sandwich, Apple Dippers, and either lowfat milk or orange juice.

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Inside the McDonald's at W. Waters Ave. and Hanley Rd. in Town 'n' Country, managers have hung balloons carrying the colors of each of the area's schools, along with banners wishing test-takers good luck.

It's fuel for an important day. FCAT testing is a factor in the letter grades schools receive.

Plus, third-graders must pass their reading test to move on to fourth grade, and tenth-graders have to pass their reading test to graduate from high school.

This year's exams will include some changes, including a move to what's called FCAT 2.0 -- a modified test that covers a new set of statewide standards.

Reading and math tests will switch to FCAT 2.0 this week. Science tests will continue to be done under the older FCAT system, with the previous set of Sunshine State Standards in place, until 2012.

Also, some students will be putting down their pencils and pickin gup keyboards. For the first time, computers will be widely used for testing.

The tenth grade math test will be given to students on computers. There will be a paper-and-pencil option for students whose Individual Education Plans demand it.

This is the second year McDonald's has offered free FCAT food. Last year, 190,000 students statewide took advantage of the offer. Around 40,000 of those fed kids were in the Tampa Bay area.

Testing goes through next week for some students, but McDonald's free breakfast is a Monday-only offer.

Many schools will offer their own free breakfast during the testing process, so check with your child's school about getting a good meal in the school cafeteria before taking on these important tests.

Grayson Kamm, 10 News

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