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Algebra results are out today

Students in the Tampa Bay area performed worse than their peers statewide on Florida’s Algebra I end-of-course exam, according to results released today by the state Department of Education.

Statewide, 59 percent of students earned a 3 or above on a five-point scale. In Pinellas County, only 52 percent of students earned a 3 or above, while in Hillsborough County, 57 percent did. In Hernando County, 56 percent of students hit the mark. Pasco County students had the highest score in the area, with 58 percent considered proficient on the test.

This is the first year that the Algebra exam has been linked to a five-point grading scale, similar to the state’s FCAT exam.
Middle school students performed best on the exam statewide, with nearly nine out of ten passing. Students now need to pass the exam in order to graduate.

In the Tampa Bay area, many middle schools had reason to celebrate.

In Pinellas, 96 percent of students who took the test at Osceola Middle School earned passing marks. In Hillsborough, 98 percent of students at Randall Middle School passed.

State officials said students exceeded expectations on the exam.

“I am extremely proud of our students for their hard work and achievement on the Algebra 1 End-of-Course Assessment,” said EducationCommissioner Gerard Robinson in a prepared statement. “I want to thank Florida’s teachers for their diligence in preparing students for this challenging assessment. As our state has raised the bar, our students have shown steady improvement. Florida is a great example of what happens when we work together for our students. We can truly improve achievement across the board.”

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[Last modified: Friday, June 1, 2012 11:36am]


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