ABC paces writing FCAT gains

ABC paces writing FCAT gains

ABC paces writing FCAT gains

Published: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 02:00 PM.

Strong performances by Apalachicola Bay Charter School fourth and eighth graders set the standard for countywide improvement in FCAT writing scores in 2014.

The percentage of ABC School ’s 35 eighth graders who posted a passing grade of 3.5 or better in essay writing rose by 13 percentage points, from 50 to 63 percent, the best it has been in the three years the test has been given.

Among the school’s 39 fourth graders, the improvement in scores at satisfactory or above rose by 12 percentage points, from 44 to 56 percent. This current percentage of the class who posted satisfactory scores is double the 28 percent of ABC fourth graders who did so in 2012.

“I am extremely pleased with our fourth grade and eighth grade writing scores,” said ABC School Principal Chimene Johnson. “Both grade levels were above state average and our teachers motivated their students to do their best and use the writing strategies they have been taught.

“Our mission is that every student reach their full academic and social potential. Every year is a different year with students with varying capabilities,” she said. ”Our teaching staff works diligently to provide the best educational foundation for their students to be successful and show growth every year.”

At Franklin School , eighth graders showed an impressive jump of 17 percentage points who were at satisfactory and above in their essay writing, a leap to 41 percent from 24 percent last year, and 26 percent the year before that.

But the number of Franklin fourth graders at satisfactory or better slid to 40 percent, seven percentage points behind last year’s 47, and nearly the same as the 41 percent of fourth graders who were satisfactory or better in 2012.

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