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[UPDATE] Half of Fla. High School Students Fail FCAT Test

By: Eyewitness News; Lanetra Bennett Email
By: Eyewitness News; Lanetra Bennett Email

[UPDATE] by Lanetra Bennett - May 18, 2012 - 5:45pm

Florida released another batch of FCAT scores today (Fri. 5/18). This time it's reading and writing results for ninth and tenth graders.

Leon County Schools ranked near the top among districts its size or larger. Leon County tenth graders ranked third in the State and ninth graders ranked fifth.

Earlier this week we talked about how the state board of education lowered the standards because preliminary FCAT writing scores were significantly low. The Leon County School Superintendent says he still has some concerns, but his district has seen continued progress in reading.

Administrators say all high schools in Leon County showed improvements on the FCAT in reading.

9th grader Kory Baker says, "I'm not too surprised by that. We have really good teachers and I feel like they teach us the right thing. They help us out and show us how to do it."

The Florida Department of Education released results of the 2011-2012 FCAT writing and the ninth and tenth grade reading tests Friday.

Leon County high schools outperformed the state average in ninth grade reading 57 percent to 52 percent, and tenth grade 59 percent to 50 percent.

One Leon County 10th grader says, "I think the FCAT this year was good. It was better than last year's, I think, the online course. The writing and reading was superb."

For the writing exams, 80 percent of Leon County elementary school students scored "proficient" level--compared to the state's average of 81 percent ... middle school is 80 to the state's 77 ... and high school "proficiency" scores were 83 to 84 percent.

Leon County Superintendent of Schools Jackie Pons says, "I still got some concerns regarding the writing. When you have a situation where 81 percent of your students are proficiency level, and then when you raised the bar to a point that only 27 percent are there, I think there's some issues related to this test."

For more information and a closer look at the FCAT results, go to www.fldoe.org. There you can find results of each individual county in Florida.

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LEON COUNTY SCHOOLS PRESS RELEASE

State Releases 2011-2012 FCAT Scores
For Writing & High School Reading

Tallahassee, FL—Today the Florida Department of Education released results of the 2011-2012 FCAT writing and the ninth and tenth grade reading tests.

“I commend all of our teachers on their hard work and dedication towards the continued success of our students,” said Superintendent of Leon Schools, Jackie Pons. “I am very pleased that we continue to make progress in reading. In the last four years we have increased 14% in tenth grade, including a 10% gain this year.”

In the reading test, Leon County high schools outperformed the state average in both ninth grade (57% to 52%) and tenth grade (59% to 50%). For districts our size or larger, LCS tenth grade students ranked third in the State; the ninth grade students ranked fifth. LCS tenth grade students raised the percent scoring 3 and above by 10% (49% to 59%). At both grade levels, the percent of students scoring 3 and above has risen for the last four years. The tenth grade scores have risen from 45% to 59% and in ninth grade the score has risen from 52% in 2009 to 57% proficiency this year.

All LCS high schools showed improvement in the reading test. Schools showing the most improvement include Lincoln (up 13% in 10th grade and 5% in 9th grade), Chiles (up 13% in 10th grade and 2% in 9th grade) and Leon (up 11% in 10th grade and 4% in 9th grade). SAIL’s 10th grade students’ results were up by 20% (from 53% to 73%).

For the writing exams, the percentage of students scoring at a “proficient” level (level 4 in 2011, level 3 in 2012), are up by 6% in high school and 3% in elementary school and down by 1% in middle school. Compared to the state, 3% more of LCS middle school students scored “proficient” (80 – 77%). Elementary (80% - 81%) and high school (83% - 84%) “proficiency” scores were about the same as the state.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - May 18, 2012 - Noon -

The Florida Department of Education released more results of the 2011-2012 FCAT. The scores are from the writing and the ninth and tenth grade reading tests.

Administrators say for the writing exams in Leon County, the percentage of students scoring at a "proficient" level are up by 6% in high school and 3% in elementary school and down by 1% in middle school.

Compared to the state, 3% more of Leon county middle school students scored "proficient". Elementary and high school "proficiency" scores were about the same as the state.

Administrators say Leon County schools continue to make progress in reading. In the last four years they have increased 14% in tenth grade, including a 10% gain this year.

In the reading test, Leon County high schools outperformed the state average in both ninth and tenth grade.

All LCS high schools showed improvement in the reading test.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - May 18, 2012 -

State education officials say about half of Florida's ninth and 10th grade students failed the reading portion of the new, more rigorous Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

High school students must pass the 10th grade FCAT 2.0 reading exam to graduate. Those who failed can retake it.

Results released Friday show 52 percent of 9th graders and 50 percent of 10th graders were reading at or above grade level.

The Department of Education also released writing scores showing about 80 percent of students passing, almost the same as last year.

That's due to an emergency rule the State Board of Education approved this week to lower the passing score. The board acted after preliminary results showed that otherwise only about a third of the students would have passed the tougher test.

Gadsden County 4th Graders Lead Big Bend in Writing

Gadsden County School District has a lot to be proud of when it comes to their students’ ability to write. For three out of the last four years, 4th grade students have led the Big Bend in writing! In spite of changes to the test and the scoring process, Gadsden’s students were still ranked among the best. Of the thirteen schools in the Gadsden County School District, the majority made improvements in the area of writing when looking at proficiency as determined by the state. Gadsden Elementary Magnet which led the way with a total student passing rate of 100%. Stewart Street scored 95%, Crossroad scored 93%, Gretna Elementary earned 89% and St. John Elementary posted a passing rate of 86%, all performing above the state average of 80%. George Munroe Elementary led the way in the area of most improved amongst elementary schools with a 12% increase in the number of students receiving a passing score in 2012 to 74%. Greensboro Elementary and Havana Elementary saw decreases but managed 75% and 70%, respectively. Chattahoochee Elementary suffered the greatest lost of 21% to post a 54% proficiency rate.

Middle school 8th graders also showed gains at Crossroad and Havana Middle. Crossroad had a 100% passing rate. Havana Middle scored 82% while Shanks Middle scored 88%.


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