District falters in first round of FCAT scores

Published: Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 09:26 AM.

After the first round of state assessment scores Gulf District Schools are already operating at a deficit.

The Florida Department of Education released the initial group of Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) scores last week with the announcement of results for third graders in reading and math and writing scores in fourth, eighth and 10th grades.

Attempting to put sheen on the results for Gulf District Schools would be a mixed effort.

The writing scores for eighth-and 10th-graders at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School were above the state average but that was about the only highlight.

“They were the one bright spot,” said Melissa Ramsey, district supervisor of testing. “They were above the state average and that was good.”

Eighth-graders averaged a 3.6 score on the writing FCAT, which while a slight drop from last year’s 3.7 was nonetheless above the state average of 3.4.

A score of 3.0 is considered proficient to the grade level.

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