District FCAT scores highlight challenges

Published: Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 11:12 AM.

The second round of Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores was better than the first for Gulf District Schools.

But, as Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton said Monday, they couldn’t have gotten much worse.

The district scores, released last week by the Florida Department of Education, “weren’t horrible, but they weren’t great,” Norton said and presented challenges the district is already addressing with changes that began last week with administrative moves.

“We have known for some time that we had our work cut out for us,” Norton said. “We have made a lot of changes and I think you will see some quick gains in test scores this time next year.

“The first round of scores was alarming. The second round was more where we thought we would be.”

The first round scores, FCAT writing results as well as third grade reading and math, were released two weeks ago and were, in some areas, historically low.

At last week’s meeting of the Gulf County School Board, Norton called the scores “unacceptable” and a “black eye.”

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