Fourth and Eighth grade writing scores rank among top ten highest in state
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MARTIN COUNTY - The Florida Department of Education has released the first round of Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test Scores for 2013, and Martin County had several accomplishments.
The district scores for third grade FCAT reading and math are higher than the state average for the percentage of students scoring at proficiency or higher.
The fourth grade FCAT writing scores rank ninth highest in the state, and the eighth grade FCAT writing scores rank sixth highest in the state.
"We are proud of the work being done by our students, teachers and staff. These FCAT results highlight many areas of growth, as well as areas where additional emphasis may be necessary," said Dr. Tracey Miller, Executive Director of Instructional Services. "As the Florida Department of Education continues to raise the bar for assessment and accountability, the new District administration is focusing on increasing student achievement, integrating reading and writing into all content areas, and expanding professional development for our teachers."
Specific schools also fared well, with good results.
J.D. Parker School of Science, Math, and Technology and Port Salerno Elementary tied for having the largest increase in the district in the percentage of students scoring at or above proficiency (3.5 or higher) on the fourth-grade FCAT writing. Both schools increased 28-percentage points compared to 2012.
SeaWind Elementary had the second largest increase in the district (+18 percentage points) in the percentage of students scoring at or above proficiency (3.5 or higher) on the fourth-grade FCAT writing compared to 2012 results.
Palm City Elementary had the third highest increase in the District (+13 percentage points) in the percentage of students scoring at or above proficiency (3.5 or higher) on the fourth-grade FCAT writing compared to 2012 results.
Murray Middle School increased the percentage of students scoring at or above proficiency (3.5 or higher) by 6 percentage points on the on the eighth-grade FCAT writing compared to 2012 results.
Among the changes this year, the state increased the level a student must score in order to be considered "proficient" on the FCAT Writing assessment. Proficiency is now a score of 3.5 or higher, compared to a score of 3.0 in 2012.