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Third grade FCAT scores down countywide

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By Kellie Parkin

The Florida Department of Education released the results of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test in reading and math for third-graders last Thursday.

The results show that 68 percent of Levy County students in reading and 77 percent in math meet or exceed expectations for their grade level. This year’s results are down from 2008, which showed that 74 percent of Levy students in reading and 79 percent in math met or exceeded expectations.

FCAT results are reported in achievement levels which range from 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest), according to the Florida DOE Web site www.fcat.fldoe.org. A level 3 is regarded as performing on grade level. Third-graders must obtain a level 2 to be promoted to fourth-grade, although certain exceptions can be granted, according to the DOE.

This year students throughout the county scored within 1 to 3 percentages points of their peers throughout the state.

Compared to last year, Florida state scores showed mixed results: a 1 percent decrease in reading with 71 percent of students at or above grade level and a modest two point increase in math with 78 percent of students performing at or above grade level. Approximately half a million third-grade students (one in four) performed below state standards in reading and math this year.

In Levy County about 470 third-grade students took the FCAT this year and last year.

In reading 319 students passed this year compared to 349 last year.

In math 365 students passed this year compared to 370 last year.

Cedar Key led all schools with 75 percent of students passing the reading portion of the exam (down 14 points). Up three points to 74 percent, Yankeetown was the only school to increase reading scores. Whispering Winds Charter school passed 72 percent of students at or above grade level, down four points from last year.

The three largest elementary schools all saw reading scores decrease this year with Williston Elementary down four to 71 percent, Chiefland Elementary down 11 to 65 percent and Bronson Elementary down 13 to 59 percent of students scoring at or above grade level.

Williston Elementary led the district with 83 percent of students passing in math. Whispering Winds’ 18 students scored a 78 percent pass rate.

Bronson was the only school to improve its math scores to 77 percent up eight points over last year. Chiefland Elementary maintained its rate with 75 percent of students scoring at or above grade level. Cedar Key scored 75 percent as well (down 13). Yankeetown also saw a 13 percent drop from last year with 58 percent of students testing at or above expectations in math.

Cedar Key School, Whispering Winds Charter and Yankeetown School improved their mean reading scores this year over last year.

In math, Bronson Elementary, Chiefland Elementary and Whispering Winds Charter improved their mean scores.

District wide, 38 percent of students scored above grade level in math, the same as last year. In reading, 29 percent of students scored above grade level compared to 36 percent last year.

In math 39 percent of students scored on grade level, down two points from last year, and in reading 39 percent of students scored on grade level, an increase of one percent over last year.

Throughout the district about 100 students in math and 150 students in reading will need remedial help.