Hi, I will likely be switching grades next year. I've been teaching 2nd. I may teach 1st, but there is a possibility for 3rd. I feel sure I'd prefer the 3rd grade age group and curriculum, but there is that looming FCAT with the mandatory retention, etc. Our school tends to have very vocal parents. We definitly hear about it when they aren't happy ;-). Can any of you 3rd grade, Florida teachers tell me a little more about teaching 3rd? How difficult is it to get yourself to feel prepared for FCAT? I also understand there is some requirement to keep student portfolios. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks!