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Wakulla Third Graders Excel in State, Panhandle, and Region on State Test

Wakulla County public school third graders scored well on the 2017 Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) in English Language Arts (ELA). They rank 2nd in the region, 5th in the Panhandle, and 11th in the state overall.


“I’m extremely happy with this first round of released FSA scores,” says Superintendent Bobby Pearce.  “Not only did our third graders rank high in the state, Panhandle, and region, they also showed an 11 point improvement from last year’s scores.  I commend the hard work of the teachers, reading coaches, and administrators who put their focus on improving our students’ reading and language skills.”


These are the first 2017 state test scores released by the Florida Department of Education.  Third grade ELA scores are needed this soon in order set up a Summer Reading Camp for current third grade students who can get the intervention they need to be promoted to fourth grade. 


By state law, third grade is the only mandatory retention grade. Promotion is based on these state test scores in English Language Arts. Research from the U.S. Department of Education shows that third grade is the critical time for concentrated reading intervention in order to keep students on track for progression in school.


Chief Academic Officer Sunny Chancy notes, “I attribute this year’s achievement to industrious students combined with thoughtful, skilled teachers who really study and understand not only the curriculum for their grade level, but also look at what students need to master at the previous grade level and what they need to succeed at the next grade level.”


Wakulla’s third grade ELA ranking of 11th in the state at 65 percent proficient compares to the state average of 58 percent proficient. Proficiency is defined as scoring at or above grade level: a 3, 4, or 5 on a scale of 1 to 5.  These state scores reflect 67 school districts.


Florida’s Panhandle consists of 21 school districts; Wakulla ranks 5th.


Regionally, Wakulla ranks 2nd after Calhoun County.  Other school districts in Wakulla’s region are Leon, Taylor, Liberty, Madison, Franklin, Jefferson, and Gadsden.        


The Wakulla Third Grade Summer Reading Camp will focus on intense reading and language instruction in small classes with highly skilled elementary teachers working on students’ individual needs.  It will run Monday through Thursday from June 5 until July 6 with no classes on July 4.


Parents of children who qualify will be notified about specifics of the Wakulla Summer Reading Camp, which is offered at no cost for instruction, transportation, breakfast and lunch.  Also, throughout the school year teachers have made parents aware of their children’s progress. Elementary Curriculum Support Specialist Susan P. Tillman is coordinating the Wakulla Summer Reading Camp.



Yet to be released are state End of Course (EOC) exam scores in seventh grade Civics, high school Biology, and eleventh grade United States History.  Other state EOC exam scores for students in combined grade levels are in Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry. 


The rest of the FSA ELA and math scores in grades 3 through 11, plus Science scores in grades 5 and 8, will be released by the Florida Department of Education at a later date.