Florida Students Show Reading, Math and Science Improvements

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Newly released FCAT scores show improvements in reading, math and science across Florida compared to last year.

The Department of Education released results in 4th through 10th grade reading, 4th through 8th grade math and 4th, 5th and 8th grade science.

Reading scores were up 1 percent compared to last year for 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th and 10th graders.

Math scores were up 2 percent in 4th and 8th grade and 1 percent in 5th, 6th and 7th grades.

"And I believe the results reflect a great deal of hard work on the part of Florida's teachers and school leaders focusing on increasing student academic performance," said Education Commissioner Pam Stewart.

FCAT science results compared to last year show 5th grade scores are up one-percent.

Eighth grade scores are up two percent.

Even with that increase, 49 percent, or less than half of Florida's 8th graders, have an average or better grade level science achievement.

By: Lanetra Bennett
May 23, 2014

Quincy, FL - F-CAT scores were released today (Friday) and results in Gadsden County have teachers, students, and staff beaming with excitement.

For the fourth year in a row, the district's third graders are number one in the Big Bend when it comes to F-CAT math scores. The district's passing rate ranks them as second highest in the state of Florida.

The district's math score proficiency rate for third graders was 72 percent, exceeding the state average of 58 percent.

Four students at Stewart Street Elementary School scored a perfect score on F-CAT math.

Little Zyikiryah tells us just how she got the job done. She says, "I followed the directions and I listened to my teacher and I used the strategies."

Stewart Street Elementary teacher, Maya Rozier, says, "When we first got the results I will say - we just said "thank you, Jesus" - we were really excited about it especially for the kids, they worked so hard this school term. It wasn't always fun, but they rose to the occasion so we were just really thankful and grateful for the accomplishment."

Statewide, A little more than half of third-grade students scored at passing levels on the F-CAT in math and reading.

For the rundown on all results, go to fldoe.org.

This is the last year of the F-CAT. Next year there will be new standards, which administrators in our local districts say they're ready for.

May 23, 2014

To view the Florida Department of Education's full list, visit, www.fldoe.org.

News Release: Leon County Schools
May 23, 2014

Tallahassee—The Florida Department of Education released 2013-14 FCAT data for third grade reading and mathematics and fourth, eighth, and tenth grade writing exams.

Leon County Schools continues to beat the state average in third grade reading (+5%) and math (+7%). Compared with districts of similar size, LCS ranked fifth in math and sixth in reading. For the second year in a row, LCS was recognized by the Florida State Board of Education as an Academically High Performing District.

“Please join me in congratulating our outstanding administrators and teachers for their hard work and dedication,” said Superintendent Jackie Pons. “LCS is the number one ranked minority-majority district in reading proficiency and third in math. I am very proud of our progress in closing the achievement gap as evidenced by these scores.”

The full press release is attached to this article.

Associated Press News Release
May 23, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A little over half of third-grade students scored at passing levels on Florida's standardized exam in math and reading.

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.

The Florida Department of Education announced the results Friday.

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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