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Announcement

Wakulla County Students Show Achievement on State Tests

July 5, 2019

 

Wakulla County public school students met or exceeded Florida’s state averages in 19 of 21 areas tested on the recently released 2019 state assessment results from the Florida Department of Education.

 

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

 

The 9 surrounding public school districts used for comparison are: Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla.

 

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 County public school students ranked top ten in the State and top three in the Region for:

 

Subject/Grade Level

Tested

Wakulla % Proficient

State % Proficient

State Rank

(67 Districts)

Region Rank

(9 Districts)

ELA* Grade 3

67

58

8

1

ELA Grade 4

66

58

5

1

Math Grade 4

71

64

8

1

ELA Grade 5

61

56

10

1

Math Grade 6

63

55

10

3

ELA Grade 7

56

52

7

2

Civics Grade 7

78

71

6

1

ELA Grade 8

64

56

7

3

Science Grade 8

58

48

6

1

ELA Grade 9

60

55

7

3

Geometry

Grades 8-11

 

72

 

57

 

3

 

1

Biology Grades 9-11

80

67

4

1

U.S. History

Grade 11

82

70

2

1

*ELA = English Language Arts (includes Reading and Writing)

 

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.

 

“We celebrate the improvements from year to year; however, we are already strategizing about subjects and grade levels where we can improve. Sharing the most effective methods for increasing student achievement is key to Wakulla’s success,” said Superintendent Bobby Pearce.

 

“Also, teachers and administrators dissect test results of their upcoming students to help us all plan for the 2019-2020 school year,” added Chief Instructional Officer Sunny Chancy.  

 

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

 

“Individual student test results are ready for parents to view in the student’s Focus portal. Parents can pick up paper copies at the schools at a later date during the summer when they are released by the state,” according to Director of Special Programs and Assessment Krista Sharin.

 

“Our educators, students and parents are to be commended on the hard work they do every day to achieve these results,” noted Superintendent Pearce.