Pinellas County Schools students showed significant improvement on the Spring 2014 FCAT 2.0 Reading, Math and Science assessments for grades 4-10 at several grade levels, according to information released this morning by the Florida Department of Education.
Among the positive gains, more than two-thirds of the district’s elementary schools either maintained or showed gains in fourth-grade math, with 24 posting double-digit gains. They include Walsingham, Frontier, and Oldsmar elementary schools with 30, 21, and 20 percentage point increases, respectively. Fifth-graders at 59 percent of the district’s elementary schools also either maintained or made gains on the math assessment, with 13 schools posting double-digit gains.
Additionally, more than three quarters of the district’s 74 elementary schools posted improvements on the science assessment, with 21 showing double-digit increases. Districtwide, fifth-grade science scores, for the first time, are above the state average.
Some of the contributing factors include an increased focus on math and science at the elementary level, with students’ increased access to STEM clubs, science labs and science camps.
“As we transition to more rigorous standards-based curriculum and assessments, I’m very excited to see we are moving the needle in a positive direction and beginning to outperform the state in some areas,” said Superintendent Michael A. Grego. “It’s clear our work with teacher and administrator professional development is beginning to have an impact on student achievement. It is critical we continue to stay the course on this path of improvement, and I want to recognize the hard work of teachers, students, administrators and district staff.”
Some additional highlights include:
- Bay Point Middle School showed significant gains across all content area assessments.
- John Hopkins Middle School posted a 16-percentage point gain in seventh-grade reading and a six-percentage point increase in seventh-grade math.
- Reading scores by eighth-graders at Tyrone and Tarpon Springs middle schools both improved by 14 percentage points.
- Four high schools – Dixie Hollins, Northeast, Osceola and St. Petersburg high schools – went up in ninth- and 10th-grade reading.
- The majority of the district’s “priority” elementary schools made significant improvements in reading, math and science.