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Wakulla County Students Excel on State Tests

June 18, 2018


Wakulla County public school students exceeded Florida’s state averages in 19 of 21 areas tested on the recently released 2018 state assessment results from the Florida Department of Education.


Used for comparison are public school districts in Florida’s 67 counties.


Of special note is the number 1 state ranking of Wakulla High School’s 11th grade U.S. History test scores at 88% proficient, compared with the state average of 68% proficient.


Other exam scores in the top 5 state averages are 7th and 8th grade English Language Arts (ELA); WHS Biology; and 7th grade Civics.


Scores are based on the “percent proficient”, meaning the percent of students testing at or above grade level.  On a scale of 1 to 5, Level 3 is considered satisfactorily on grade level, with Levels 4 and 5 considered above grade level.


Wakulla students ranked top five in the state for:


Subject Tested

State % Proficient

Wakulla % Proficient

State Rank

(67 Districts)

U.S. History

(Grade 11)




ELA Grade 7




ELA Grade 8





(Grades 9 & 10)




Civics (Grade 7)





Wakulla also has 20 of 21 top ten scores in the surrounding 21 Panhandle districts.


In Wakulla’s Region of 9 districts including Wakulla, Calhoun, Leon, Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Liberty, Madison, and Taylor, Wakulla ranked first in 11 areas, and was in the top 5 in all 21 areas tested.


Says Superintendent Bobby Pearce, “Our educators are to be commended on the hard work they do every day teaching our children.  And Wakulla couldn’t perform this well without our parents sending their children ready to learn, and our students being engaged in their own education.”


“Of course we celebrate the successes, but also drill down into the areas that need work.  We are already strategizing on areas where we can improve and sharing effective methods for increasing student achievement.”


In grades 3 through 8, tests scores include two areas: English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics.


Ninth and 10th graders are tested on English Language Arts. 


Math tests for some middle school and high school students include Algebra 1 and Geometry End of Course (EOC) exams.


In addition, test results include 5th and 8th grade Science; 7th grade Civics; 11th grade U.S. History; and high school Biology.


These state tests are important to students for many reasons. In third grade, ELA scores are used by the state for promotion to 4th grade.  In two other areas, scoring a Level 3 or higher is a state high school graduation requirement: Algebra 1 and 10th Grade English Language Arts.


“Also, teachers dissect test results of their upcoming students to help plan for the 2018-2019 school year,” adds Superintendent Pearce.  


School and district test results are available on the Florida Department of Education website. 


According to Director of Special Programs and Assessment Sue Anderson, “Individual student test results are ready for parents to view in Focus. Parents can pick up paper copies at the schools at a later date during the summer when they are released by the state.  Superintendent Pearce will make a district-wide call when the paper scores are available.”