FCAT results are in for Florida students

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BROWARD COUNTY RESULTS

Today, the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) released the 2012-13 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test 2.0 (FCAT 2.0) Writing Assessment results for fourth grade, eighth grade, and tenth grade students today. Summary results for the Broward District are:

•     64% of Grade 4 students scored at 3.5 or higher

•     60% of Grade 8 students scored at 3.5 or higher

•     70% of Grade 10 students scored at 3.5 or higher

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) students in grade 4 and 10 demonstrated strong improvements in their writing skills. Grade 8 scores remained stable.

The FDOE also released the 2012-13 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test 2.0 (FCAT 2.0) Reading and Mathematics results for third grade students today. Summary results for the District indicate that:

•     54% of Grade 3 students meet or exceed grade level proficiency (Achievement Level 3 or above) in Reading

•     58% of Grade 3 students meet or exceed grade level proficiency (Achievement Level 3 or above) in Mathematics

Twelve traditional schools made statistically significant increases (indicating a positive trend in scores) in their COMBINED reading AND mathematics proficiency results. The schools are: Beachside Montessori Village Elementary School, Eagle Point Elementary School, Embassy Creek Elementary School, Hallandale Elementary School, Meadowbrook Elementary School, Nova Blanche Foreman Elementary School, Sawgrass Elementary School, Sea Castle Elementary School, Silver Lakes Elementary School, Silver Ridge Elementary School, Sunshine Elementary School, and Welleby Elementary School.

Also read: http://browardnetonline.com/2013/06/17-broward-schools-make-statistically-significant-improvements-in-fcat-scores/  and http://browardnetonline.com/2013/06/miami-dade-sees-strong-growth-in-reading-math-scores-despite-expected-drop-in-school-grades/

STATE RESULTS

FCAT 2.0 Writing

Results of the FCAT 2.0 Writing assessment show that overall, students in all grade levels tested (grades 4, 8 and 10) improved their scores with 58 percent of students scoring at 3.5 and higher, up from 54 percent in 2012. Grade 4 students saw the biggest increase with a nine point improvement in the percentage of students scoring at 3.5 and above. Grade 8 and grade 10 students increased achievement by two percentage points respectively.

Twenty-five school districts made a 10 percentage point or greater improvement in the percent of fourth-grade students earning a 3.5 and higher on FCAT 2.0 Writing. The five school districts improving the most are Union (22 percentage point increase), Jefferson (20 percentage point increase), Hamilton (15 percentage point increase), the Florida Virtual School (15 percentage point increase), and Wakulla (14 percentage point increase). Improvement occurred in larger districts as well. Palm Beach, Pasco and Pinellas all saw a 12 percentage point increase, Miami-Dade and Orange had an 11 percentage point increase, and Broward saw a rise of 10 percentage points.

The five districts improving the most in Grade 8 reading are Jefferson (17 percentage point increase), Gulf (14 percentage point increase), Liberty (14 percentage point increase), Jackson (13 percentage point increase), and Lafayette (12 percentage point increase). In Grade 10, the five most improved districts are Hamilton (22 percentage point increase), the Florida Virtual School (11 percentage point increase), DeSoto (10 percentage point increase), Glades (10 percentage point increase), and Citrus (9 percentage point increase).

For more information about FCAT 2.0 Writing and FCAT 2.0 Reading and Mathematics Grade 3 results, visit http://fcat.fldoe.org/mediapacket/2013/default.asp and http://fcat.fldoe.org/resultsFCAT2/default.asp

In 2012, the State Board of Education established 3.5 as the school grades standard for writing performance beginning in 2013; the standard last year was 3.0. The table below illustrates information on the current and previous standards.

FCAT 2.0 Writing

Statewide Comparison, 2012-2013

2012 FCAT Writing

2013 FCAT 2.0 Writing

Percentage

3.0 or above

Percentage

3.5 or above

Percentage

4.0 or above

Percentage

3.0 or above

Percentage 3.5 or above

Percentage 4.0 or above

Grades 4, 8, and 10

81%

54%

33%

82%

58%

38%

Grade 4

81%

48%

27%

83%

57%

37%

Grade 8

77%

52%

33%

79%

54%

34%

Grade 10

84%

60%

38%

85%

62%

40%

 

Overall, African-American and Hispanic students reduced the achievement gap with their white student counterparts. The percentage of African-American and Hispanic students scoring 3.5 and higher increased by six and four points respectively. The percentage of English language learners and students with disabilities who scored 3.5 and higher also increased by four percentage points.

 FCAT 2.0 Writing

Statewide Subgroup Comparison, 2012-2013

Grades 4, 8, and 10

Score Point 3.0 and    Above

Score Point 3.5 and Above

Score Point 4.0 and Above

2012

2013

2012

2013

2012

2013

All Students

81%

82%

54%

58%

33%

38%

White

83%

84%

59%

62%

38%

42%

African-American

76%

79%

43%

49%

23%

28%

Hispanic

81%

83%

52%

56%

30%

36%

Students with Disabilities

55%

58%

27%

31%

13%

16%

English Language Learners

57%

59%

27%

31%

12%

15%

Results for FCAT 2.0 Writing are reported on a scale of 1.0 (lowest) to 6.0 (highest). Two trained scorers independently score each student response; the score reported is the average of both scores. There is no passing score for FCAT 2.0 Writing. The percentage of students scoring 3.5 and above will be used for the writing component in calculating the 2013 school grades. Last year, the percentage of students scoring 3.0 and higher was used.

In 2013, students had 60 minutes to respond to the writing prompt, an increase of 15 minutes. Based on recommendations from Florida educators, the time was increased to allow students more time to satisfy higher scoring requirements. Scoring includes more attention to the correct use of English conventions such as grammar and punctuation, and the quality of details that support the written response.

Since 2011, the Buros Center for Testing at the University of Nebraska has conducted a comprehensive review of the FCAT Writing hand-scoring process. This includes a review of the hand-scoring specifications, a site visit for monitoring the scanning and preparation process for scoring, the training of scoring candidates, and actual hand-scoring activities. The 2011 and 2012 reports are available at http://fcat.fldoe.org/fcatpub5.asp. The 2013 report will be available later this summer.

Third-Grade FCAT 2.0 Reading and Mathematics

Florida third-grade students improved their performance on FCAT 2.0 Reading and maintained their progress in mathematics. Overall, statewide student achievement increased one percentage point in reading, up to 57 percent scoring 3 and above, while grade 3 mathematics remained at 58 percent scoring at 3 and above.

 FCAT 2.0 Third Grade Reading

Statewide Comparison, 2012-2013

Grade

Year

Number of Students

FCAT 2.0 Mean

Developmental Scale Score

Percentage of Students By Achievement Level

Achievement Level 3 and Above*

1

2

3

4

5

3

2012

203,390

201

18

26

23

22

11

56

2013

205,984

201

18

25

23

23

11

57

*Percentages may not add to 100 due to rounding.

 FCAT 2.0 Third Grade Mathematics

Statewide Comparison, 2012-2013

Grade

Year

Number of Students

FCAT 2.0 Mean

Developmental Scale Score

Percentage of Students By Achievement Level

Achievement Level 3 and Above*

1

2

3

4

5

3

2012

203,207

202

18

24

30

18

10

58

2013

205,717

201

18

24

31

17

10

58

*Percentages may not add to 100 due to rounding.

The school districts making the most improvement in the percent of third-grade students earning a 3 or higher in reading are Lafayette (13 percentage point increase), Taylor (11 percentage point increase), FAMU Lab School (11 percentage point increase), Dixie (9 percentage point increase), and Hamilton (9 percentage point increase).

The districts making the most improvements in the percent of third-grade students earning a 3 or higher in mathematics are Dixie (17 percentage point increase), FAMU Lab School (13 percentage point increase), Jefferson (12 percentage point increase), Madison (12 percentage point increase), Levy (9 percentage point increase), and FAU Lab School (9 percentage point increase).

Third-grade students who score Level 1 on FCAT 2.0 Reading may be retained. However, the test result is not the only factor for determining a child’s promotion to grade 4. Students may be eligible for a good cause exemption that includes successfully completing a summer reading camp, a portfolio of student work that demonstrates mastery of reading skills, and specific exemptions for students with disabilities and student with limited English proficiency.

Information for parents on building their child’s reading skills can be found at http://www.justreadflorida.com/parents.asp.

More information about summer reading camps can be found at http://www.justreadflorida.com/camps/.

Complete information about good cause exemptions can be found in Section 1008.25(6)(b), Florida Statutes.

For more information about FCAT 2.0 Writing and FCAT 2.0 Reading and Mathematics Grade 3 results, visit http://fcat.fldoe.org/mediapacket/2013/default.asp and http://fcat.fldoe.org/resultsFCAT2/default.asp

 PALM BEACH COUNTY is here.

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Source: Florida Department of Education