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Friday, June 7, 2013

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Florida Students Improve End-of-Course Scores

~ Students maintain recent FCAT gains ahead of Common Core focus on analytical thinking ~

Tallahassee, Fla., June 7, 2013 - The Florida Department of Education today released results of the FCAT 2.0 Grades 4-10 Reading, Grades 4-8 Mathematics and Grades 5 and 8 Science, as well as End-of-Course (EOC) assessments in Algebra 1, Geometry, Biology 1 and U.S. History Results show overall performance on EOCs improved across the board, with Biology 1 and Geometry making the most improvement. Performance also improved for all subgroups with Algebra 1 and Geometry showing the most subgroup gains.

Statewide, student achievement on FCAT 2.0 Reading increased in grades 6, 8, 9 and 10, with grade 10 students making the most improvement. For FCAT 2.0 Mathematics, grade 4 saw an increase in student achievement, while in FCAT 2.0 Science, grade 5 also saw an increase and grade 8 remained the same.

"These results show that where we put our focus is where we see our progress," said Commissioner of Education Dr. Tony Bennett. "While there are gains to celebrate today, we have a lot of work to do and it is not time to lower our expectations for success. We have a clear path forward as Florida shifts to the Common Core State Standards and an emphasis on helping all students think analytically and critically."

Algebra 1
Student performance at Achievement Level 3 and above increased in every grade tested except adult and for all subgroups. Statewide, the percentage of first-time test takers scoring Level 3 and above increased six percentage points, up from 58 percent for spring 2012 to 64 percent in spring 2013. Eleventh-grade students showed the largest gains, with a nine percentage point increase in the percentage scoring Level 3 and above, followed by students in grades 8, 9, 10, and 12 all making a four percentage point increase. Students in grades 6, 7 and 8 led all first-time test takers in the percentage of students scoring Level 3 and above.


Spring 2012 and Spring 2013 Algebra 1 EOC Assessment Results

Grade Level 2012
Number of
Students Reported
2012
Percentage
at Level 3
and Above
(First-Time Testers)
2013
Number of Students
Reported
2013
Percentage
at Level 3
and Above
(First-Time Testers)
Change
All Grades 193,992 58 207,147 64 6
Grade 6 60 95 98 98 3
Grade 7 13,021 94 15,715 96 2
Grade 8 49,490 86 58,026 90 4
Grade 9 112,884 48 118,693 52 4
Grade 10 13,504 25 11,444 29 4
Grade 11 3,398 28 2,353 37 9
Grade 12 1,593 33 760 37 4
AD 42 38 58 28 -10

The percentage of first-time test takers scoring at Achievement Level 3 and above also increased for each subgroup, with African-American students showing the most gains with a 10 percentage point jump. Conversely, the percentage of students scoring at Achievement Level 1 decreased for each subgroup with English Language Learners making the most improvement with a nine percentage point reduction.

Thirty-three percent of Florida's students scored Level 4 or higher on the Algebra 1 EOC, up from 26 percent last year. Hispanic and White students made the most improvement, with an eight percentage point increase over last year. Achievement Level 4 or higher indicates a student is high achieving and has the potential to meet college readiness standards by the time he or she graduates from high school.

Geometry
Statewide, 64 percent of students taking the Geometry EOC for the first time scored at Achievement Level 3 and above in spring 2013, an eight percentage point increase after applying the new standards to last year's spring results. Tenth graders showed the most improvement, with an eight percentage point increase from 2012, followed by ninth graders with a seven percentage point increase after applying the new standards approved by the State Board of Education in December 2012.


Spring 2012 and Spring 2013 Geometry EOC Assessment Results, by Grade

Grade Level 2012
Number of
Students Reported
2012
Impact Data Percentage
at Level 3
and Above
(First-Time Testers)
2013
Number of
Students Reported
2013
Percentage
at Level 3
and Above
(First-Time Testers)
Change
All Grades 188,168 56 171,677 64 8
Grade 6 1 * 6 * *
Grade 7 60 93 76 * *
Grade 8 11,264 96 11,909 97 1
Grade 9 53,159 81 46,984 88 7
Grade 10 97,595 45 96,036 53 8
Grade 11 19,926 29 14,316 31 2
Grade 12 6,080 26 2,308 30 4
AD 83 14 42 7 -7

Note: To provide meaningful results and to protect the privacy of individual students, data are not reported when the total number of students in a group is fewer than 10 or when all the students in a group are in the same category (i.e., all in the same Achievement Level). An asterisk (*) appears when data are suppressed.

The percentage of first-time test takers scoring at Achievement Level 3 and above also increased for each subgroup, with African-American students making the most gains with a 10 percentage point increase. The percentage of students scoring at Achievement Level 1 decreased for each subgroup, with English Language Learners leading the way with the most improvement.

The percent of all students scoring Level 4 or higher jumped from 26 percent in 2012 to 33 percent in 2013. Hispanic and White students made the most gains with an eight percentage point increase. Achievement Level 4 or higher indicates a student is high achieving and has the potential to meet college readiness standards by the time he or she graduates from high school.

Biology 1
Sixty-seven percent of first-time test takers statewide who took the Biology 1 EOC scored at Achievement Level 3 and above in spring 2013. This is an eight percentage point increase from spring 2012 after applying the new standards established by the State Board of Education in December 2012. Students in grades 10 and 11 made the most improvement with each group jumping 9 percentage points from the previous year.


Spring 2012 and Spring 2013 Biology 1 EOC Assessment Results, by Grade

Grade Level 2012
Number of
Students Reported
2012
Impact Data Percentage
at Level 3
and Above
(First-Time Testers)
2013
Number of
Students Reported
2013
Percentage
at Level 3
and Above
(First-Time Testers)
Change
All Grades 190,344 59 181,498 67 8
Grade 6 0 * 1 * *
Grade 7 30 93 7 * *
Grade 8 1,866 88 2,371 93 5
Grade 9 85,761 74 82,924 80 6
Grade 10 92,173 47 90,001 55 8
Grade 11 7,831 36 4,383 44 8
Grade 12 2,613 36 1,742 38 2
AD 70 17 69 22 5

Note: To provide meaningful results and to protect the privacy of individual students, data are not reported when the total number of students in a group is fewer than 10 or when all the students in a group are in the same category (i.e., all in the same Achievement Level). An asterisk (*) appears when data are suppressed.

The percentage of first-time test takers scoring at Achievement Level 3 and above improved for each subgroup. African-American students led the way with a nine percentage point increase over last year. In addition, the percentage of students scoring in Level 1 decreased for each subgroup, with English Language Learners showing the most gains.

The percentage of Florida students scoring at Achievement Level 4 and above increased across all subgroups. Achievement Level 4 or higher indicates a student is high achieving and has the potential to meet college readiness standards by the time he or she graduates from high school.

U.S. History
Spring 2013 was the first statewide administration of the U.S. History EOC. Students receive a score on a scale of 20-80, which is called a T-score. On the T-score scale, an approximate score of 50 is the statewide average. Scores are reported in thirds, with 1 being the lowest and 3 being the highest. T-scores are only reported the first year of a statewide test administration.


Spring 2013 U.S. History EOC Assessment, by Grade

Grade Level Number of
Students
Mean Scale
Score
Percentage of
Students
in Each Third - 1
Percentage of
Students
in Each Third - 2
Percentage of
Students
in Each Third - 3
All Grades 133,239 49 33 32 35
7 2 * * * *
8 30 40 77 17 7
9 1,217 49 37 23 39
10 13,529 50 31 30 38
11 112,736 50 33 32 35
12 5,594 47 42 27 30
AD 131 44 50 32 18

The U.S. History EOC will undergo the standard setting process this fall.

FCAT 2.0 Reading
Statewide, student achievement in reading increased in grades 6, 8, 9, and 10, with Grade 10 students making the most gains. The percentage of students scoring at Achievement Level 3 or above on Grade 10 FCAT 2.0 Reading increased 4 percentage points, from 50 percent to 54 percent. African American, Hispanic, White and English Language Learners all made improvements.


FCAT 2.0 Reading, 2012 to 2013

Reading Percentage at
Achievement
Level 1
2012
Percentage at
Achievement
Level 1
2013
Percentage at
Achievement
Level 3
and Above
2012
Percentage at
Achievement
Level 3
and Above
2013
Percentage at
Achievement
Level 4
and Above
2012
Percentage at
Achievement
Level 4
and Above
2013
Grade 4 13 15 62 60 35 34
Grade 5 15 15 61 60 34 32
Grade 6 19 19 57 59 29 30
Grade 7 18 20 58 57 30 30
Grade 8 17 17 55 56 30 29
Grade 9 18 19 52 53 28 29
Grade 10 20 18 50 54 29 32

Subgroup Performance Grades 3 - 10 FCAT 2.0 Reading, 2012 to 2013

Subgroup Achievement
Level 1
2012
Achievement
Level 1
2013
Achievement
Level 3
and Above
2012
Achievement
Level 3
and Above
2013
Achievement
Level 4
and Above
2012
Achievement
Level 4
and Above
2013
All Students 17 17 57 57 31 31
White 10 10 68 69 41 41
African-American 29 29 37 38 15 15
Hispanic 20 20 52 53 26 27
Students with Disabilities 45 45 26 26 10 10
English Language Learners 50 50 17 18 4 4

FCAT 2.0 Mathematics
Statewide, Grade 4 student achievement on FCAT 2.0 Mathematics increased one percentage point, with 61 percent scoring at Achievement Level 3 and above. Students with disabilities improved their percent of students scoring at Achievement Level 3 and above by one percentage point.


FCAT 2.0 Mathematics, 2012 to 2013

Mathematics Percentage at
Achievement
Level 1
2012
Percentage at
Achievement
Level 1
2013
Percentage at
Achievement
Level 3
and Above
2012
Percentage at
Achievement
Level 3
and Above
2013
Percentage at
Achievement
Level 4
and Above
2012
Percentage at
Achievement
Level 4
and Above
2013
Grade 4 18 17 60 61 32 33
Grade 5 19 20 57 55 29 28
Grade 6 23 23 53 52 28 27
Grade 7 20 21 56 55 28 27
Grade 8 22 25 57 51 27 20

Subgroup Performance Grades 3 - 8 FCAT 2.0 Mathematics, 2012 to 2013

Subgroup Achievement
Level 1
2012
Achievement
Level 1
2013
Achievement
Level 3
and Above
2012
Achievement
Level 3
and Above
2013
Achievement
Level 4
and Above
2012
Achievement
Level 4
and Above
2013
All Students 20 21 57 56 29 27
White 13 13 67 66 37 36
African-American 33 34 38 37 14 13
Hispanic 21 22 54 53 25 24
Students with Disabilities 48 47 28 29 10 11
English Language Learners 44 43 28 28 8 8

FCAT 2.0 Science This is the first year FCAT 2.0 Science scores are based on new achievement level standards. Last year, students took the FCAT 2.0 Science assessment, but their scores were based on the old FCAT standards. In 2012, FCAT 2.0 scores were reported as FCAT Equivalent Scores since achievement levels had not yet been set for FCAT 2.0 Science. The State Board of Education established new achievement levels for FCAT 2.0 Science in December 2012. For comparison purposes, the 2012 scores were retrofitted to the new standards.

Statewide, the percent of grade 5 students scoring at Achievement Level 3 and above on FCAT 2.0 Science increased one percentage point when applying the new achievement standards.


FCAT 2.0 Science, 2012 to 2013

Science Percentage
at
Achievement
Level 1
2012
Reported
Percentage
at
Achievement
Level 1
2012
Retrofitted
Percentage
at
Achievement
Level 1
2013
Percentage
at
Achievement
Level 3
and Above
2012
Reported
Percentage
at
Achievement
Level 3
and Above
2012
Retrofitted
Percentage
at
Achievement
Level 3
and Above
2013
Percentage
at
Achievement
Level 4
and Above
2012
Reported
Percentage
at
Achievement
Level 4
and Above
2012
Retrofitted
Percentage
at
Achievement
Level 4
and Above
2012
Reported
Grade 5 20 22 21 51 52 53 18 24 26
Grade 8 22 22 22 46 47 47 12 25 24

Subgroup Performance FCAT 2.0 Science, 2012 to 2013

Grade Subgroup Achievement
Level 1
2012
Achievement
Level 1
2013
Achievement
Level 3
and Above
2012
Achievement
Level 3
and Above
2013
Achievement
Level 4
and Above
2012
Achievement
Level 4
and Above
2013
5 All Students 22 21 52 53 25 26
White 13 13 65 65 35 36
African-American 39 35 30 34 10 12
Hispanic 25 24 47 49 20 22
Students with Disabilities 45 46 29 28 11 11
English Language Learners 57 51 15 19 3 4
8 All Students 22 22 47 47 25 24
White 12 12 60 61 34 33
African-American 39 38 26 27 10 10
Hispanic 26 25 42 42 21 20
Students with Disabilities 50 50 20 20 8 7
English Language Learners 67 64 8 9 2 2

For more information about this year's FCAT 2.0 and End-of-Course results, visit http://fcat.fldoe.org/resultsFCAT2/default.asp and http://fcat.fldoe.org/mediapacket/2013/default.asp.