TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Education today released the results of 2014 FCAT 2.0 reading, math and science assessments in grades four through 10. Results statewide showed Florida students are making improvements with higher education standards in place. Students at every grade level made improvements in reading, math and science.
“Florida students and teachers continue to demonstrate they are working hard and are meeting higher standards,” said Patricia Levesque, executive director of the Foundation for Florida’s Future (@AFloridaPromise). “As a state, we set the bar higher for what students should know to better prepare them for success. That transition over the past few years has not been an easy one, but it’s an important one, and our kids are achieving. We are on the right track and need to continue working to get all Florida students performing at grade level or higher.”
Reading (Grades three through 10):
- The percent of all students performing at or above grade level (Level 3) went up by one percentage point compared to 2013 and two percentage points since 2011.
- Since 2011, the percentage of Hispanic students performing at or above grade level has increased by three percentage points; African American students had a two percentage point increase.
Math (Grades three through eight):
- The percentage of students scoring at grade level or higher remained unchanged at 56 percent.
- Overall, students in grades three through eight made a one percentage point increase for those performing at or above Level 4 since last year.
- Students in subgroups for African American, White and English Language Learners all made a one percentage point increase in the percentage of those performing at grade level or higher.
Science (Grades five and eight):
- The percent of fifth graders achieving grade level or higher on the science exam went up by one percentage point overall since last year.
- Students in grade eight made a two percentage point increase in the percent of those achieving grade level or higher on the science exam.
- The percent of both African American and Hispanic eighth graders achieving grade level or higher on the science exam went up by two percentage points.
The counties of Osceola, Hillsborough, Leon and St. John were among those showing some of the most notable student learning gains, with improvements in every grade level and every subject.
The scores released today are from Florida’s final administration of FCAT 2.0 Reading and Mathematics, with the exception of the FCAT 2.0 Reading Retake. End of Course results will be released later this month, and school grades are expected to be released in July.
Next year, Florida moves to a new assessment aligned with the new, more rigorous Florida Standards. Reading and writing will be combined on the new English/language arts assessment. The next big step is for Florida to set rigorous cut scores for student proficiency on these new assessments to ensure the expectations of mastering the knowledge and skills from the new Florida Standards are not compromised.
To learn more about the release of 2014 FCAT 2.0 results, visit www.fldoe.org. For more information on Florida’s student-centered policies and education improvements over the years, visit www.afloridapromise.org.
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