FCAT Writing and Third-Grade FCAT Reading and Math Scores

The St. Johns County School District received scores from the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) today for the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) Writes assessment and for third-grade FCAT 2.0 Reading and Math.

St. Johns County ranked first in the state in third-grade FCAT Reading. Seventy-six percent of third graders were proficient compared to 57 percent for the state. FCAT Reading is part of a statewide educational accountability program designed to measure students’ proficiency in reading in grades three through 10.

St. Johns County was tied for first in the state in third-grade FCAT Math. Seventy-three percent of third graders were proficient compared to 58 percent for the state. FCAT Math is part of a statewide educational accountability program designed to measure students’ proficiency in math in grades three through 10.

On FCAT Writes, 10th-grade students ranked second in the state, while eighth-grade students ranked seventh. Fourth graders were at 51 percent proficient which is lower than the state average of 53 percent. Eighth graders were at 65 percent proficient with the state at 56 percent, and 10th graders were 73 percent proficient with the state at 64 percent.

FCAT Writes is part of a statewide educational accountability program designed to measure students’ proficiency in writing in grades four, eight and 10. Students are required to write a response to a prompt on an assigned topic within a one-hour time period. This year, writing prompts were expository for fourth, eighth and 10th graders.

“I am very proud of the hard work and efforts by our students, teachers, school administration, parents and district staff,” said Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner. The upward trend in third grade reading and math assessments is encouraging. This is reflective of the increased rigor and expectations as we prepare to administer a new state assessment for these subject areas next year.”

“I am also pleased by our increase in FCAT writing scores in eighth and 10th grades, and I would be remiss in not addressing the unexpected drop in fourth-grade scores resulting in a decreased ranking from second place in the state to 28th place,” stated Joyner. “While we are still reviewing these scores throughout the district, we are simultaneously working on a plan to ensure that this disparity is corrected and students will be well prepared for next year’s assessment.”

Scores for fourth through 10th grades in reading, math and science (fifth and eighth grades only) have not been issued by FLDOE yet. Additional information can be found at http://fcat.fldoe.org/mediapacket/2014/default.asp.