School board reflects on test scores

School board reflects on test scores

School board reflects on test scores

Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 08:22 AM.

The Franklin County School Board did some vocal soul-searching last week, as members discussed candidly the comparative success and shortcomings of the district’s two public schools.

While last Friday’s release of standardized test scores from each of the state’s 67 counties showed healthy gains in reading, math and writing throughout the Franklin County elementary and middle schools, the school board at its June 6 meeting had only the third grade scores to consider, which were released last month.

“I hate this time of the year because FCAT scores come out,” said Board Member George Thompson, in opening the discussion. “I had a friend tell me FCAT scores are embarrassing in this county. I want to know what are we doing wrong?

“Everyone around us is doing a great job,” he said, referring both to the Apalachicola Bay Charter School as well as schools in neighboring counties.

Thompson said he has heard people in Wakulla and other neighboring counties complain teachers there spend too much time preparing students for the test, but he suggested perhaps teachers here might learn from that approach.

“That’s what the state wants you to do,” he said to Superintendent Nina Marks. “If I was in your shoes, all of the teachers would find out what they’re doing.

“When you’re next to the last in the state of Florida, we’re doing a terrible job and that is what’s embarrassing. I’m out on the street every day, all day long and people hit me up on it,” said Thompson, a letter carrier for the postal service. “What can I tell them we’re working on?”

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