The chart below shows the percentage out of the roughly 100 third graders districtwide that scored at an achievement level of 3 or better, considered satisfactory performance.
Year Reading Mathematics
2011 50 39
2012 45 31
2013 46 40
2014 49 50
Paced by a double-digit increase in the percentage of students performing at grade level or better, Franklin County School third graders performed the best they have in the last four years in both reading and math.
In doing so, the Franklin County students narrowed the gap that had emerged since 2011 between it and the Apalachicola Bay Charter School.
The ABC School saw a decline in grade level or better performance of nearly 20 percentage points in reading, and nine in math, to where both subjects are now at the 53-54 percent level, nearly identical to 2011. In the last two years, the ABC School had reached to nearly three-quarters of its student body at grade level or better in reading, and nearly two-thirds in math.
Franklin School is now six percentage points behind, at 47 percent at grade level or better in both reading and math. This is considerably better than last year’s math scores, where just 29 percent of third graders were at grade level or better. In fact, since the FCAT 2.0 was instituted in 2011, the third grade math scores are 16 percentage points better than they’ve ever been.
In reading, the improvement was 14 percentage points better than last year’s 33 percent. The 47 percent of students at pace with their learning is about the same as in 2011, when it was 48 percent.
“We were pleased to receive some reports of growth, a direct reflection of teachers teaching the standards required for mastery,” said Superintendent Nina Mark. As the data is studied and the strengths and weaknesses evaluated, decisions on the direction of the pre-K -12 school will be made.
“Thank you to the teachers, parents, and community volunteers who have been involved with creating a well-rounded education for the students of Franklin County,” she said.
Franklin math scores on the rise
A breakdown of the data for the 59 Franklin third graders in mathematics shows that in all five categories – from the lowest performing 1s to the highest performing 5s – the move was in a positive direction. The largest drop was in the number of 1s, who are students who fail to show any mastery of the test questions, and appear to be at least a year behind, if not more, in learning gains.
The number of 1s dropped considerably, from 45 down to 19 percent. The growth at level 2s was at 34 percent, nine percentage points better than last year. At level 3s, which is grade level, it was at 34 percent, 13 points better than last year. Level 4s roughly doubled, from 5 to 10 percent; and Level 5s remained at 3 percent of the third graders.
At ABC, level 1s and level 2s in math both grew, to where 46 percent of the school’s 37 third graders have a level of achievement below passing. Level 3s in math dropped from 37 to 30 percent, while level 4s and 5s were both pretty constant, from 20 to 19 percent of 4s, and 6 to 5 percent of 5s.
At ABC, level 5s in reading shrank by a tiny amount, from 11 to 8 percent, while level 4s contracted considerably, from 40 to 25 percent of third graders. The largest growth was in level 2s, considered behind grade level, which expanded from 9 percent of third graders, to fully one-third. Level 1s also shrank by only a little, from 17 to 14 percent.
At Franklin, level 5s in reading were at 20 percent, the lowest that performance level has been since 2011. Level 2s are at 32 percent, nearly identical to what it was last year. The percentage of level 3s was at 22 percent, the best it’s been in four years and twice the percentage it was last year, albeit for a smaller number of third graders, with 16 fewer tested than the 75 in 2013.
Level 4s at Franklin went from 21 to 17 percent, while level 5s were at 8 percent, much better than the 1 percent last year.