Wakulla Students Score Top Ten in State on Florida Standards Assessments
October 2, 2015
Wakulla County public school students and educators continue their tradition of success with state mandated tests, no matter what content or form they come in.
On the highly debated new Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) which replaced the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) for the 2014-2015 school year, recently released scores show Wakulla students averaging a top ten score in 17 of the 17 areas tested in grades 3 through 10 compared with other district scores throughout the state.
In 13 of the 17 areas tested, Wakulla students averaged scores in the top five averages statewide.
The FSA tested students on English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. Wakulla students averaged scores above the state average on the ELA portions in grades 3 through 10 except for grade 6, which matched the state average. Of special note were grade 10 students who achieved the third highest average score in the state on their ELA assessment, which is supposed to be the new test used to meet the ELA graduation requirement for freshmen who started high school in 2013-2014.
In math, grades 3, 4, and 5 scores were consistently above the state average. In middle school, students who took the Algebra 1 End of Course (EOC) exam averaged scores well above the state average. At the high school level, students scored an average well above the state level on the Algebra 2 and Geometry EOC exams.
Use of the FSA scores, currently slated to be factored into school grades, teacher evaluations, and student progress, is still up in the air. The Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS), including Wakulla Superintendent Bobby Pearce, is advocating legislation that calls for a comprehensive review of the state accountability system in light of such high stakes.
However, Superintendent Pearce stated in an email about the Wakulla testing results to his administrators, “I believe this says a lot about our success in preparing our students as a whole. So, please share this with your people as I think we have much to be proud of today! As for the future, I really can't predict what this will mean if the state goes forward with issuing grades and measuring teachers. But I am extremely proud of all the hard work that every member of the team has put in.”