Seventh- through tenth-grade FCAT reading scores highest in state
By Dawn Krebs
MARTIN COUNTY -- Results of the 2013 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, released recently by the Florida Board of Education, showed Martin County exceeded the state averages in every grade level and subject. Also, according to state results, the FCAT reading scores for students in grades seven through ten were among the best in the state.
Martin County seventh graders ranked fifth-highest among Florida's 67 school districts, eighth-grade students ranked sixth highest and ninth- and tenth-graders ranked third highest in the state.
"The continued success of the school district demonstrates the commitment to education and hard work shared by the students, teachers, and administrators," said Superintendent of Schools, Laurie J. Gaylord.
Of particular note are the gains demonstrated by several schools, including:
o Jensen Beach Elementary increased 20 points in Grade 5 reading.
o Pinewood Elementary increased 11 points in Grade 5 Reading.
o JD Parker School Of Science, Math and Technology increased 7 points in Grade 4 Reading.
o Felix A. Williams Elementary increased 6 points in Grade 5 Reading.
o Indiantown Middle School increased 6 points in Grade 6 Reading and 22 points in Grade 7 Reading.
o Murray Middle School increased 13 points in Grade 8 FCAT Reading.
o South Fork High School increased 9 points in Grade 10 FCAT Reading.
In math, the results were similar:
o Port Salerno Elementary School increased 24 points in Grade 4 Mathematics.
o JD Parker School of Science, Math, and Technology increased 13 points in Grade 4 Mathematics.
o Felix A. Williams Elementary increased 14 points in Grade 4 Mathematics.
o Jensen Beach Elementary School increased 18 points in Grade 5 FCAT Mathematics.
o Citrus Grove Elementary School increased 9 points in Grade 5 FCAT Mathematics.
The science results also showed similar gains:
o Pinewood Elementary School increased 16 points in Grade 5 Science.
o Citrus Grove Elementary School increased 15 points in Grade 5 Science.
o Jensen Beach Elementary School increased 10 points in Grade 5 Science.
o Hobe Sound Elementary School increased 9 points in Grade 5 Science.
The end-of-course exams were also taken, and Martin County students exceeded the state averages on all End-of-Course Exams.
Some specific achievements were:
o One hundred percent of all Martin County middle school students who took the Algebra I EOC passed the exam.
o The Martin County School District ranked 7th among the 67 school districts with 77 percent of students passing the Biology EOC.
o Ninety-nine percent of all Martin County middle school students who took the Geometry EOC passed the exam.
o This was the first time the US History EOC was administered, and Martin County students exceeded the state average.