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Friday, June 6, 2014

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Southwest Florida School Districts Improve Student Performance on FCAT Reading, Mathematics and Science

Tallahassee, Fla., June 6, 2014 - Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart today recognized school districts in Southwest Florida for improved student performance on state assessments in reading, mathematics and science.

"I applaud teachers and school leaders for their focus on increasing student academic performance," said Commissioner Stewart. "As we transition to new standards and assessments next year, I am confident students will continue to succeed."

  • Collier County improved from 2013 in four of the seven assessment areas announced today. Students in eighth grade went up by four percentage points in science while sixth through eighth grade students improved two percentage points in reading.
  • Glades County students increased in four of the seven assessment areas from 2013. Eighth graders jumped 18 percentage points in science, while students in grades 6-8 improved 12 percentage points in math and six percentage points in reading.
  • Hardee County improved in five of the seven assessment areas announced today, including a seven percentage point jump in grades 3-5 math, and a four percentage point increase in fifth grade science.
  • Hendry County bettered its test scores from 2013 in four of the seven assessment areas. Eighth grade students improved seven percentage points in science and sixth through eighth graders increased by two percentage points in reading.
  • Lee County also improved in four of the seven assessment areas from 2013, led by third through fifth grade students gaining two percentage points in math.

Overall, statewide student achievement improved in most of the assessment areas released today. Compared to last year, students improved in reading by one percentage point in grades 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10. In math, students improved by two percentage points in grade 4 and one percentage point in grades 5, 6 and 7. For science, students across the state improved two percentage points in grade 8 and one percentage point in grade 5.

Next year, a new assessment based on the Florida Standards will replace the FCAT 2.0. The Florida Standards for mathematics and English language arts stress a broader approach for student learning, including an increased emphasis on analytical thinking. With the new and more rigorous standards, a new assessment was needed to measure student progress.

Florida's recent academic gains have received national attention. The Sunshine State jumped from 11th to 6th in the nation for educational quality in 2013. Florida has the highest graduation rate in the nation for Hispanic students. In the past decade, the number of Florida graduates participating in AP courses has more than doubled, and the number of low-income graduates taking AP courses has increased tenfold. And Florida's graduation rate is 75.6% for 2012-13 - an increase of 1.1 percentage points over the prior year and up five percentage points since 2010-11.

The 2014 FCAT 2.0 Reading, Mathematics and Science results are available at 2014 Statewide Assessment Scores.