Wakulla Students Exceed State Average on All Released Test Scores
June 18, 2015
In the second round of state released test scores, Wakulla County public school students exceeded the state average in every subject area, ranking high among all state, region, and surrounding Panhandle school districts.
State test scores released by the Florida Department of Education on June 12 included Grade 5 Science, Grade 8 Science, Grade 7 Civics, Grade 11 United States History, and high school Biology.
On the state Grade 5 Science test, Wakulla students ranked first in the region of the surrounding nine counties consisting of Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor and Wakulla. They ranked second in the Panhandle’s surrounding 21 school districts, and fifth in the state at 65 percent proficient, meaning on or above grade level, compared to the state average of 53 percent.
Grade 8 Science scores showed the eleventh highest scores in the state, coming in at third in the region and sixth in the Panhandle. Wakulla’s average was 49 percent proficient with the state average at 48.
End of Course (EOC) exams are given in several subject areas and usually count as 30 percent of a student’s final grade for that course. Three EOC exams counted this year in students’ course grades for Civics, United States History, and Biology.
Grade 7 Civics EOC scores ranked twelfth in the state, fourth in the region, and eighth in the Panhandle. Wakulla’s average was 67 percent proficient compared to the state average of 65.
On the Biology EOC, high school students came in first for the region, second in the Panhandle, and fifth in the state. Wakulla’s percent proficient was 74, compared to the state average of 65.
Grade 11 United States History EOC scores came in at fourth in the region, eighth in the Panhandle, and thirteenth in the state. The state average was 66 percent proficient and Wakulla scored above that at 67 percent on or above grade level.
The only other state test information to be released will be a notice to those students who meet their Florida high school graduation requirements of showing proficiency on the Algebra 1 EOC exam and on the Grade 10 English/Language Arts Florida Standards Assessment (FSA). Specific scores will not be available, only notice of passing. This information may be released within the next few weeks.
Due to the 2014-2015 school year’s new Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) that replaced the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT), this is an unusual year for scores.
The validation study of the FSA ordered by Florida’s legislature is underway and is scheduled to be completed by September 1. Florida Department of Education will then work with committees to review the data and set cut scores.
The proposed cut scores then will go to a Reactor Panel, which will be made up of people from all stakeholder groups. The Reactor Panel may adjust what is recommended from the committee meetings.
After this, FLDOE will have to take the information to the State Board of Education for approval. Therefore, this is a lengthy process and score reporting will not be available as in past years. It may be well into second semester before the cut scores are agreed upon and it is unknown at this time how those scores will be reported.
“I continue to be optimistic that our students can meet the challenge of performing well on state assessments, no matter how much the content or format changes. Our teachers are dedicated educators who know their subject areas and know their students’ best learning styles,” notes Superintendent Robert Pearce.