Pasco County students show some improvement in FCAT | News
Pasco County, Florida -- Pasco County students increased proficiency on the 2013 FCAT 2.0 Writing, Grade 3 Reading and Grade 3 Math. Some subgroups showed significant improvement.
“I want to thank all of our teachers, school administrators, and district and school staff who worked all year to help our students achieve these results,” said Superintendent Kurt Browning.
Writing scores improved across the board, yet there is more work to do because the percentage of students scoring proficient in 4th and 8th grade fell below the percentage statewide. The percentage of tenth graders achieving proficient scores exceeded the state percentage.
Some subgroups made significant improvements over last year’s scores:
- Hispanic 4th graders – percent proficient increased 12 percent
- African American 4th graders – percent proficient increased 9 percent
- Hispanic 10th graders – percent proficient increased 9 percent
- 8th grade English Language Learners – increased proficiency 13 percent
Overall, the percentage of district 4th graders scoring a 3.5 improved by 12 percentage points from last year compared to the statewide increase of 9 percentage points. District 4th graders scoring at 4 or above improved 11 percentage points, while the state improved 10 percentage points.
District 10th grade scoring 3.5 improved by 6 percentage points (statewide = 2% increase). The percentage of district 10th graders scoring level 4 or higher increased 7 points (state = 2% increase).
Overall, 88 percent of elementary schools increased their 4th grade scores, 64 percent of middle schools increased their 8th grade scores, and 75 percent of high schools increased their 10th grade scores. Schools showing significant improvement include Connerton, Cox, Gulf Trace, Odessa, Seven Oaks, Trinity Oaks, Veterans, and Wesley Chapel elementary schools; Hudson and Weightman middle schools; and River Ridge High School.
Third grade reading scores are trending in the right direction and the district proficiency percentage exceeds the state. Overall, 71 percent of schools increased their proficiency percentages, and 75 percent of Title 1 schools increased proficiency. The percentage scoring a level 3 and above is up 2 percent from last year, and fewer students are scoring at level 1 and 2 (down 2 percent). Oakstead, Longleaf, Odessa, Seven Oaks, Trinity Oaks, and Wesley Chapel elementary schools all had 75 percent or more of students score level 3 or higher.
Third grade math scores also are trending in the right direction, but they are not where they should be. “We have significant work to do in math,” said Superintendent Kurt Browning.
A higher percentage of Title 1 schools increased the percentage of students achieving proficient scores than district schools overall. Fifty-four percent of Title 1 schools increased the percentage of students scoring at level 3 or above, while the district saw a 48 percent increase overall.
Lake Myrtle, Longleaf, Sand Pine, Seven Oaks, Trinity Oaks, and Veterans elementary schools all had 70 percent or more achieving proficient scores.
Sixty-eight percent of students district-wide scored a 3 or higher on the Biology end-of-course exam. Seven schools scored above the district mean. State data will not be available until June.