ABC paces writing FCAT gains

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

Among Franklin County High School 10th graders, the percentage at satisfactory and above slid to 37 percent, five percentage points below last year’s 42, but five head of 2012’s 32 percent.

What made the ABC School ’s eight grade writing results so impressive is that teachers were able to reduce all the point categories below the satisfactory 3.5 score. The percentage of students with 3.0 scores or below shrank from 51 to 37 percent of its students.

The percentage at 3.5 scores was nearly identical to last year at 25 percent, while the percentage of 4.0 scores ballooned from 11 percent last year to 31 percent in 2014. The school also had 14 percent of its eighth graders receiving scores of 4.5, 5.0 and 5.5.

Among ABC School fourth graders, there were none with a 4.5 score or better, but the percentage of 4.0 scores more than doubled, from 12 to 26 percent. The percentage of 3.5 scores also grew, from 24 to 31 percent, which is nearly double the 16 percent in 2012. Only 15 percent of ABC fourth graders had scores below 3.0.

Among Franklin fourth graders, 43 percent of the 63 students who took the test had scores below 3.0, and there was a slight shrinkage in the percentage of those scoring 4.0 or 4.5 over last year.

Among the 41 eighth graders, the data showed Franklin had made substantial gains in lowering the percentage of the lowest performing students, down to 19 percent from 54 percent one year ago. The growth occurred in the percentage of 3.0 scorers, from 22 to 39 percent, with more modest gains in each of the higher performing categories.


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