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FCAT results posted for third grade math and reading, and all writing

The 2013 FCAT writing results, as well as scores for third graders, are now posted on the Florida Department of Education website. You can review all the spreadsheets hereas we review them for trends.

Statewide, more than 37,000 third graders could be retained in third grade because they earned a Level 1 on the reading FCAT. Level 3 or above is considered proficient. In the Tampa Bay area, 5,507 third graders failed. Numbers ranged from 2,956 in  Hillsborough   County  to 258 in  Hernando   County .

Reading  scores across  Tampa   Bay  were about the same or slightly better than last year.

In  Pinellas   County , 56 percent of third graders scored on grade level or above. That’s the same percentage as last year. In Hillsborough, 56 percent of third graders earned proficient scores, compared to 57 percent last year.  Pasco  third graders were two percentage points up over last year, with 59 percent on grade level or above.

Hernando had the  Tampa   Bay  area’s best reading scores, with 62 percent proficient or better this year compared to 59 percent last year. Statewide, 57 percent of third graders earned a Level 3 or better.

Math scores across the Tampa Bay area were mixed. In Pinellas, the percentage of third graders who were proficient in math dropped two points, to 48 percent. In Hillsborough, 54 percent of students earned grade level scores or above, compared to 55 percent last year. In Pasco, 51 percent of students earned a Level 3 or above, compared to 50 percent last year.

In Hernando, 59 percent of third graders were proficient or better, compared to 58 percent last year.

District officials already have begun offering their views of the outcome.

From Hillsborough: "Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) fourth, eighth, and tenth graders posted impressive writing scores again this year, with increases in both the average score and in the percentage of students meeting or exceeding the proficiency level. In fact, when looking at the average score, Hillsborough’s fourth and eighth graders were first among Tampa Bay area school districts and the state’s largest school districts. HCPS tenth graders led in the Tampa Bay area and were second among the state’s largest districts.

At each grade level, HCPS students scored above the state average. The state’s writing test scores range from 1.0 to a high of 6.0, with proficiency defined as 3.5 and above. The average score (the state refers to it as a mean score) for Hillsborough County’s fourth graders was 3.6, up from 3.4. The state average was 3.4. The average score for eighth graders was 3.6, up from 3.5. The state average was 3.3. The average score for tenth graders was 3.6, up from 3.5. The state average was 3.5. The writing test is given to students in fourth, eighth and tenth grade only."

The DOE plans a press conference at 11 a.m., with Commissioner Tony Bennett visiting a school in Pinellas at 1 p.m. More details to come.

[Last modified: Friday, May 24, 2013 10:51am]


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