UPDATE: Delayed FCATs released, students in line with state averages

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — The 10th-graders in Indian River County were better in reading, writing and arithmetic than their classmates statewide and county students were competitive in a broad range of categories in figures released Tuesday by the Florida Department of Education.

“Overall we’ve done well looking at the averages,” said Superintendent Harry La Cava. “We will continue to drill down deeper to determine strategies for improvement for the upcoming year.” The delivery of the test results was delayed because of technology problems associated with a new vendor brought in to manage the testing. The results Tuesday were for grades 4-10 reading and mathematics, grades 5, 8 and 11 science and grades 4, 8, and 10 writing.

Statewide the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test taken by sophomores this year showed in mathematics 84 percent of the nearly 180,000 students tested received passing marks, while in reading the figure was 60 percent.

For the county’s three main highs schools — Vero Beach High School, Sebastian River High School and Indian River Charter High School — 85 percent of the students in math and 65 percent in reading received passing marks. High School students must pass the reading and math portions of the FCATs in order to graduate.

In mathematics 90 percent of the 154 students at Indian River Charter High School received a mark that showed they were proficient (level three or higher in the five-tiered scoring format), while 79 percent of the 452 students at Sebastian River and 74 percent of the 606 Vero Beach High School students were at level 3 or above.In reading proficiency, 56 percent of Indian River Charter students were at level 3 or above, while 43 percent of Sebastian River and 42 percent of Vero Beach students scored above level 3.In the writing tests taken by 10th graders, the statewide mark for proficiency was 94 percent and was at 96 percent in Indian River County. Indian River Charter School saw 99 percent of its students ranked proficient, 96 percent at Vero Beach High School and 95 percent at Sebastian River.

At the local elementary and middle school level, students scored generally higher than statewide averages or were within a few percentage points. Mathematics was one area where some students struggled to meet state averages as grades 5, 6, and 7 came in one or two percentage points lower.

Among elementary schools in the county Dodgertown made improvements at every grade level in all areas tested. At the middle school level, Gifford met or exceeded State averages for students scoring in all tested grade levels, while Sebastian Charter Junior High met or exceeded state averages in all areas except for eighth grade mathematics and writing. Storm Grove, the school that opened its doors for the first time this year, met or exceeded state averages in grades 6 and 7 reading and grade 8 science and writing. While the FCAT results were positive statewide, Florida Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith noted a “plateau” was reached at the elementary level.”Although our middle and high schools showed strong academic progress this year, our elementary grade levels remained relatively flat,” said Smith. “Reasons for this will vary locally but I am confident that through careful analysis of the data and a redoubling of our efforts at both the state and district level, we will be able to move past this plateau and spark new levels of success in our early grades and beyond.”The state’s new testing contractor, NCS Pearson, needed extra time to ensure individual student’s results matched with demographic information. The problems are said to be separate from the scoring process, and analyses by the Department, Pearson, and an independent testing expert, The Buros Institute, all confirm the results are both accurate and reliable, the department noted.Individual student score reports are expected to be mailed to districts for receipt by July 8.To view school, district and state FCAT reports, visit http://fcat.fldoe.org/mediapacket/2010/.

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Grade 11 FCAT results at a glance*

School/Level  Science 

Statewide Avg.

38

Indian River School Dist.

39

Vero Beach High

42

Sebastian River High

37

Indian River Charter High 

36

Grade 10 FCAT results at a glance*

School/Level

  Reading 

  Math 

  Writing 

Statewide Avg.

39

73

94

Indian River School Dist.

44

77

96

Vero Beach High

42

74

96

Sebastian River High

43

79

95

Indian River Charter High  

56

90

99

 

Grade 9 FCAT results at a glance*

School/Level

 Reading 

 Math 

Statewide Avg.

48

67

Indian River School Dist.

54

71

Vero Beach High

58

71

Sebastian River High

46

71

Indian River Charter High 

66

80

Grade 8 FCAT results at a glance*

School/Level

 Reading 

 Math 

 Writing 

 Science 

Statewide Avg.

55

68

96

43

Indian River School Dist.

56

68

97

43

Gifford

61

69

97

45

Sebastian River

58

73

97

41

Oslo

53

65

97

38

Storm Grove

52

66

96

48

Sebastian Charter Jr. High 

69

63

97

56

 

Grade 7 FCAT results at a glance*

School/Level

 Reading 

 Math 

Statewide Avg.

68

61

Indian River School Dist.

70

60

Gifford

75

62

Sebastian River

64

68

Oslo

69

52

Storm Grove

72

59

Sebastian Charter Jr. High 

75

68

Grade 6 FCAT results at a glance*

School/Level

 Reading 

 Math 

Statewide Avg.

67

57

Indian River School Dist.

71

56

Gifford

73

61

Sebastian River

61

47

Oslo

74

53

Storm Grove

79

62

Sebastian Charter Jr. High 

63

57

Imagine at South Vero

61

46

Grade 5 FCAT results at a glance*

School/Level

 Reading 

 Math 

 Science 

Statewide Avg.

69

63

49

Indian River School Dist.

69

61

51

Rosewood Magnet

86

80

71

Osceola Magnet

90

91

82

Beachland

86

82

70

Fellsmere

57

60

38

Pelican Island

70

49

45

Citrus

71

58

55

Dodgertown

58

49

43

Vero Beach

62

59

39

Thompson Magnet

48

40

29

Sebastian

75

58

57

Glendale

61

47

41

Highlands

48

53

34

Liberty Magnet

84

72

70

Treasure Coast

68

52

44

St. Peter’s Academy

58

67

58

North County Charter

63

74

53

Imagine at South Vero

53

42

36

 

Grade 4 FCAT results at a glance*

School/Level

 Reading 

 Math 

 Writing 

Statewide Avg.

72

74

94

Indian River School Dist.

74

74

94

Rosewood Magnet

92

89

94

Osceola Magnet

91

88

99

Beachland

81

82

98

Fellsmere

79

75

95

Pelican Island

73

71

99

Citrus

76

73

91

Dodgertown

67

54

96

Vero Beach

56

61

86

Thompson Magnet

73

78

93

Sebastian

67

74

96

Glendale

57

58

86

Highlands

69

70

89

Liberty Magnet

87

84

98

Treasure Coast

75

66

97

St. Peter’s Academy

62

69

100

North County Charter

87

96

100

Imagine at South Vero

75

80

93

 

Grade 3 FCAT results at a glance*

School/Level

 Reading 

 Math 

Statewide Avg.

72

78

Indian River School Dist.

74

73

Rosewood Magnet

85

90

Osceola Magnet

96

92

Beachland

84

85

Fellsmere

83

82

Pelican Island

66

66

Citrus

76

72

Dodgertown

55

52

Vero Beach

63

71

Thompson Magnet

56

66

Sebastian

80

79

Glendale

58

59

Highlands

70

60

Liberty Magnet

81

72

Treasure Coast

74

65

St. Peter’s Academy

86

91

North County Charter

83

78

Imagine at South Vero

78

78

 

Numbers reflect percentage of students who reached a Level 3 or higher

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