Freshmen and sophomores at
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
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.
“Seventh grade math students did phenomenal with 93 percent proficient,” said ABC School Principal Chimene Johnson. “Karen Ward worked diligently with her students during class, her planning time, and after school to help her students reach their full potential. We again had 100 percent of Mrs. Copeland's students pass the End of Course Algebra I Exam for high school credit. Tanya Joanos had 73 percent of her seventh grade students pass the new Civics End of Course Exam.”
Another strong spot at ABC was eighth grade science, where Mrs. Keel has increased the percentage of grade level or better proficiency over the past three years to 71 percent this year, 19 percentage points better than in 2012. “She also teaches our seventh grade science and lays a great foundation,” said Johnson.
In contrast, just one-third of the 41
However, among the 52
A look at the overall data from both schools shows that
“Our teachers and students have a lot to be proud of as final assessment results were released today,” said Superintendent Nina Marks. “The application of new approaches in the classroom, professional development put to good use, curriculum changes, and grade level/subject area collegial support helped to move us forward. Our students are learning and these results verify such.
“I am very proud of the results. Well done. Looking toward next year, we will continue to study and address our weaknesses. Soaring to new heights in all areas of our education system will be the goal,” she said.
Johnson was equally pleased with the
“We did have two new teachers to fifth grade who were teaching from Common Core math curriculum and merging the Next Generation Science Standards as well, trying to lay the foundation for new Florida Standards and still covering the NGSS too,” said Johnson. “Also, we saw the greatest change in student population in fifth grade.
“In almost every subject and grade level, our percentage of proficiency was above state average,” she said. “I am very proud of our assessment results. Our teachers and students worked extremely hard this year. Every year our teachers assess students, analyze the data and plan differentiated instruction that will meet the needs of their students. Our teachers provided additional intervention to those students who required more practice. Parents also supported after-school tutoring allowing students to work with teachers to master critical reading and math skills.”
Johnson noted that statistics vary every year at each grade depending on the change in student population. “We have seen good learning gains from our students not yet proficient and those on grade level showed growth or maintained their level of proficiency.
“This team of teachers and paraprofessionals did an excellent job from elementary to middle school laying strong foundational skills that resulted in student learning growth and gains at every grade level. I am so proud of the staff and students for what they have accomplished this year,” she said.
District wide growth
The following chart shows the changes in the percentage of students at Level 3 or better throughout the Franklin County Schools.
Grade 2011 2012 2013 2014
4 56 59 57 61
5 60 44 52 57
6 56 60 52 54
7 46 57 56 50
8 40 49 51 54
9 36 38 46 54
10 30 38 25 51