MANATEE -- FCAT writing scores at nearly every public school in Manatee County showed improvements, according to the state’s Department of Education.
Florida’s education department released the writing scores this morning. Fourth, eighth and 10th graders sat for the FCAT writing test earlier this year. Scores released this morning illustrate the percentage of students who scored a 4.0 or higher on the FCAT. The score of 4.0 is considered to be at grade level, also known as “proficiency level.”
In 2010, students were expected to score a 3.5 or higher on the writing portion of the test. Stand out improvements came from: Gullett Elementary, where 76 percent scored at grade level last year. This year 91 percent scored a 4.0. Last year, 68 percent of Lee Middle School students scored at proficiency level. This year, 80 percent of Lee Middle School’s students scored a 4.0 or higher. At the high school level, Braden River High School students showed improvements with 68 scoring at grade level last year. This year, 80 percent scored at grade level.
The state’s Department of Education reports that the percentage of students scoring 4 or higher increased in all tested grade levels throughout Florida.
“Our educators continue to rise to the occasion answering the call of increased expectations for our students to ensure they are leaving school ready for the next step,” Florida Education Commissioner Eric Smith said in a news release. “I am very proud of our teachers and students. Every time the state raises its expectations for student achievement, the talent and skill of our teachers, combined with the ability of our children, leads to success.”