District holds its own with FCAT scores

Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 01:11 PM.

Gulf District Schools generally scored at or above state averages on this year’s performance on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT).

The district has long prided itself on a loftier yardstick.

This year the district can again point to achieving as well or better than students across the state, however the scores for students grades 3-10 released last week by the Florida Department of Education highlight work to be done.

“We were above the state average in a lot of categories and that is always a bonus,” said Melissa Ramsey, district supervisor for curriculum and assessment. “But they also show us there are areas where we need to address.

“That is the flip side of the coin; the areas where we have concerns.”

One of those would be fifth-graders, or the soon-to-be sixth-grade class.

The most glaring area where the district did not meet the state average for students scoring 3 or better (on a scale of 1-5) was across the board among fifth-graders, reading, math and science, which is administered only among fifth-, eighth- and 10th-graders.

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