Media Release: May 24, 2012
St. Johns County students continue to score well above the state average at every level on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). On the Sunshine State Standards (SSS), which are required skills for graduation, scores for third-grade students in reading and math continue to show St. Johns County as one of the top performing districts in the state for student achievement on FCAT.
The FCAT, which assesses reading and math, was given in April to students in grades three through 10 throughout the state. Achievement levels range from one to five, with level 3 being considered proficient. The test is part of a statewide effort to increase student performance and school accountability.
“With the increased cut scores of FCAT 2.0 we fully expected a drop in performance throughout the district,” said Dr. Joseph Joyner, Superintendent of Schools. “I am proud of the efforts of our teachers in their instruction of the subject matter, and the ability of our students to learn and excel in a more rigorous environment.”
Scores in third grade reading showed students at level 3 and above at 75 percent, well above the state average of 56 percent. Results in math showed students at 73 percent compared to the state average of 58 percent.
In the baseline year of End-of-Course (EOC) assessments for geometry and biology, St. Johns County students were also among the top performers in the state.
FCAT scores for fourth through eighth grade reading, math and science (fifth and eighth grades only) and the EOC assessment results for algebra are expected in the coming weeks. Further results, charts and information can be found at http://fcat.fldoe.org/.