Algebra end-of-course exam results released
Thousands of Florida middle and high school algebra students learned today whether they passed the state's inaugural Algebra I end-of-course exam today.
Statewide, the mean scale score on a 20-80 system was 49. (See a county breakdown attached below.) Locally, Hillsborough and Pasco students exceeded the state mean score, while Pinellas and Hernando students logged in just under it. The scoring system is still a work in progress, explained here.
"On average, we had a 41 percent success rate on the items," commissioner Eric J. Smith told reporters. "We view that as a good place to start with the first administration of the exam," he added, noting that other states had seen success rates in the teens on their first go-rounds of similar tests.
Smith told the State Board of Education earlier today that he was pleased with the essentially problem-free rollout of the new computerized exam, which he called "rigorous and demanding."
"It is incredible that it is as quiet and as smooth as it has been," Smith said.
He noted that this is the official beginning of a project that has been four years in the making, to shift away from general knowledge FCAT exams at the high school level and toward specific assessments of what kids know on individual subjects. More end of course exams are coming in future years. See Smith's press statement here.
School by school results are being released by districts. Pasco officials report that two high schools, all middle schools and the eSchool surpassed the state mean score.