DUVAL COUNTY, Fla. -- The Florida Department of Education has released the 2013 FCAT scores, according to a Duval County Public Schools release.
The data released include reading for grades 4-10, FCAT mathematics for grades 4-8, FCAT science for grades 5 and 8, and end-of-course data for Algebra, Geometry, and Biology exams.
The report said an increased reading performance was common throughout Duval County as it demonstrated gains in proficiency levels in third, fifth, sixth, eighth and tenth grades. Student performances in grades 3, 5 and 8 exceeded the state average and those throughout the six largest counties.
"I am encouraged by these results as they demonstrate our continuing momentum toward improvement, especially in our priority schools [lower performing] which made dramatic gains in all areas," said Nikolai P. Vitti, Superintendent of Schools. "While data shows that our schools are continuing to make progress, particularly in reading and biology, we must accelerate our efforts beyond simply making proficiency improvements but exceeding the state average in each accountability area."
Students in sixth and eighth grades increased their proficiency levels in Math, exceeding the state average and outpacing the six largest counties. Additionally, Duval County led the state and counties in the largest proficiency increase in Algebra. 56 percent of Duval County students demonstrated Geometry proficiency and 63 percent achieved Biology proficiency levels, which were new requirements and result in no comparative data.
Mayport Elementary, Northwestern Middle, LaVilla School of the Arts, as well as Wolfson and Sandalwood high schools made gains in each of the areas released Friday.
In addition to a 100 percent pass rate for first-time takers of the Algebra 1 end-of-course exam, Northwestern Middle School increased its math proficiency of students across all grade levels by 8 percentage points. Reading gains across grade levels also increased by 6.3 percentage points.
Duval County Public Schools are one of the nation's largest school districts whose mission is to provide educational excellence in every school, in every classroom, for every student, every day.
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