High school students pace improved FCATs

High school students pace improved FCATs

High school students pace improved FCATs

Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 11:24 AM.

Freshmen and sophomores at Franklin County High School posted their best reading test results in four years, to highlight a series of gains throughout the district at most grade levels on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test this year.

For the first time since the FCAT 2.0 was introduced in 2011, a majority of ninth and 10th graders were at Level 3 or better in reading, which is considered a satisfactory performance of grade level or even better.

In the case of the 79 sophomores who took the test this spring, 51 percent were at grade level or better, 24 percentage points better than last year’s 27 percent, when only 55 students were tested. The best that sophomores at the high school had done previously was just 38 percent at grade level or better in 2012.

The biggest growth among sophomores was at Level 4, which was achieved by 25 percent of the class, more than double the best percentage that it had posted since 2011.

Among the 78 freshmen who were tested, 55 percent were at grade level or better, seven percentage points better than last year, and 19 percentage points better than in 2011.

At the middle school level, which includes grades six, seven and eight, the Apalachicola Bay Charter School posted strong results, especially in the math scores for its 27 seventh graders. With no Level 1s, and only seven percent Level 2s, the school had 93 percent of its seventh graders at grade level or better, part of steady rise from just 60 percent at that level in 2011.

In seventh grade math, the percent at grade level or better dipped only slightly, from 71 to 69 percent, and in eighth grade math, the percentage at grade or better jumped by 12 percentage points, from 64 to 76 percent of the 34 ABC Schoolers.



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