District performance is moving in the right direction in the third round of state assessment scores released this week.
The Florida Department of Education released End of Course Assessments in four high school level areas, Algebra I, Biology, Geometry and U.S. History and Gulf County Schools were above the state average in three of four areas and showed increases in the number of students scoring at grade level in all three.
The percentage of district students improving in History and Geometry improved by 10 percent and the improvement in Algebra I represented an increase of 6 percent.
The Geometry results were particularly impressive, with 81 percent of students taking the test at Port St. Joe High School scoring at grade level while 94 percent of students at Wewahitchka High School did so.
The percentage of students at grade level in Geometry was 21 percentage points ahead of the state.
The lone area of decline was Biology, where the percentage of students scoring at grade level, 62 percent, trailed the state average, 66 percent.
The EOC Assessments are aimed at improving student achievement and college and career readiness, according to the FDOE.
They are taken online.
The first, Algebra, was implemented in 2011 and the assessment scores have become part of the formula for grading Florida public high schools.