Wakulla Students Shine in State’s First Round of Released Test Scores
June 9, 2015
Wakulla County public school system shows the smallest percentage of low 3rd grade reading scores on the state’s new assessment test when compared with surrounding counties, and Wakulla has among the top five lowest percentages in the state.
These first state test scores released by the Florida Department of Education on June 11, 2015 pinpoint 3rd grade students who need extra help this summer to be able to progress to 4th grade. By state law, 3rd grade is the only mandatory retention grade that is based on state test scores in reading.
The lowest 20 percent (quintile) of scores statewide were released so that the 3rd Grade Summer Reading Camps could be set up and ready to go. In Wakulla, it begins June 15 and all parents/guardians have already been contacted about this free reading program that also provides free lunch and transportation.
Of the surrounding counties, Wakulla has the smallest percent of 3rd grade scores in the lowest group at 13 percent. Next is Leon at 15 percent; Liberty at 16 percent; Taylor and Jefferson each at 23 percent; Calhoun at 24 percent; Gadsden at 30 percent; and Madison at 33 percent.
In the state, Wakulla has the fifth smallest percent of 3rd grade scores in the lowest quintile. Only Union County stands alone with the least in the state of 7 percent of third grade scores in the lowest quintile. The highest in the state is 33 percent of scores in the lowest quintile.
With a new test this year called the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) replacing the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT), no one quite knew what to expect. “Our teachers and students were working with new standards and a new test, so this is a good start to what we hope will show their tremendous effort no matter what accountability measure is used,” states Superintendent Robert Pearce.
Soon to be released are the established state End of Course (EOC) exam scores in 7th grade Civics, high school Biology, and 11th grade United States History. These tests count as 30 percent of the student’s grade.
Other state EOC exams are in Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry. These tests usually count as 30% of the student’s grade, but will not be factored into the student’s grade this year because the new math scores will not be calibrated until far into the fall.
The rest of the FSA reading and math scores in grades 3 through 11 will be released by the Florida Department of Education at a much later date.