Third Grade FCAT Scores

    St. Johns County third graders tied for second in the state in reading and fourth in the state in math on the recently-released scores on the Sunshine State Standards (SSS) of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). In reading 87 percent of students scored at or above grade level and in math 88 percent, both increases over last year.
“I was very pleased with our third grade scores and commend all the schools for their success,” said Superintendent Joseph Joyner. “The bar was raised this year with the implementation of FCAT 2.0, and our students, teachers and support staff rose to the occasion to meet the higher expectations.  I am very proud of everyone involved and look forward to the same success in the other grades.”
The percentage of students scoring three and above in reading was 15 points above the state average of 72 percent. The percentage of students passing the math portion of the FCAT was 10 points above the state average of 78 percent. Students scoring at Level 3 and above are considered to be performing at grade level.
Overall, Hickory Creek Elementary School (HCES) had the highest district scores on both the reading and math portions of the FCAT while South Woods Elementary School (SWES) showed the greatest gains in both areas.
In reading HCES had 97 percent of its students scoring at Level 3 and above while Ponte Vedra Palm Valley/Rawlings Elementary School (PVPV/RES) was close behind with 96 percent. Others scoring in the ninetieth percentile were Timberlin Creek Elementary School (TCES) at 93 percent, Durbin Creek Elementary School and Ocean Palms Elementary School (OPES) at 92 percent, and Julington Creek Elementary School (JCES) and R. B. Hunt Elementary School (RBHES) at 91 percent.
Schools showing the most improvement in reading were SWES (63% to 78%), Hartley Elementary School (HES) (78% to 87%) and PV-PV/RES (88% to 96%).
In math HCES had 99 percent of its students scoring at Level 3 or above, a 10-point increase over last year. OPES, PVPV/RES and TCES all tied for the second highest score at 95 percent.  They were closely followed by JCES, Mason Elementary School (MES) and RBHES, all scoring 94 percent.
In addition to HCES, the biggest gains in the number of students passing the math test were seen by SWES (66% to 82%), MES (84% to 94%) and HES (81% to 89%).