How our kids stack up
The state has released the latest round of FCAT stats today. This time it's the norm-referenced section for kids in third through tenth grades. The results mean nothing in terms of who gets promoted, held back or any such matter (except in the case of third graders who failed FCAT - for them, this is a replacement test). They also don't count toward the schools' state-assigned grade or their federal adequate yearly progress rate. What they do show is how well the students did compared to their peers nationally who took the same test. And state education leaders say, They've done well.
In every category and in every grade, Florida children scored better than the national average. "Teaching the Sunshine State Standards in our schools is helping our students remain nationally competitive," Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg said in a prepared statement. Performance rose nicely in several groups, including fourth-grade math, and fifth- and ninth-grade reading.
Of course, not everything was improved. Fourth-grade reading and tenth-grade reading results saw 7-point dips, for instance. To see how each county performed by grade level, click here. To visit the state web site, which has school results, click here. If we find anything else interesting to say about these scores, we'll let you know.
- Hillsborough County issued a press release saying that students in all but two grades improved or stayed the same in both math and reading. "The credit goes to the teachers, principals and staff whose hard work is paying off," said superintendent MaryEllen Elia.
- Pasco County issued a similar press release along with a grade by grade breakdown, noting students' performance beyond national averages. Superintendent Heather Fiorentino also credited teachers and staff for their hard work with the students.