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End-of-course testing scores released for Madison County schools

Selina Iglesias

Greene Publishing, Inc.

The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) has the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) in place to help students succeed in English (ELA), mathematics, history, science, social studies and end-of-course (EOC) subjects by measuring learning gains and progress, and recently, the FDOE released the FSA results for the 2015-2016 school year for Madison County:

English EOC results for the district

Third grade, 193 students:  testing score of 297, 47 percent passed

Fourth grade, 191 students: testing score of 300, 34 percent passed

Fifth grade, 176 students: testing score of 309, 34 percent passed

Sixth grade, 178 students: testing score of 317, 31 percent passed

Seventh grade, 145 students: testing score of 316, 25 percent passed

Eighth grade, 155 students: testing score of 328, 36 percent passed

Ninth grade, 192 students: testing score of 330, 31 percent passed

10th grade, 188 students: testing score of 341, 34 percent passed

Science EOC results for the district

Fifth grade, 176 students: testing score of 193, 39 percent passed

Eighth grade, 115 students: testing score of 184, 17 percent passed

U.S. History EOC results for the district

10th grade, 16 students: testing score of 394, 31 percent passed

11th grade, 126 students: testing score of 393, 42 percent passed

Civics EOC results for the district

151 students: testing score of 384, 38 percent passed

Science EOC results for the district

Fifth grade, 176 students: testing score of 193, 39 percent passed

Eighth grade, 115 students: testing score of 184, 17 percent passed

Biology 1 EOC results for the district

Eighth grade, 41 students: testing score of 405, 71 percent passed

Ninth grade, 76 students: testing score of 387, 39 percent passed

10th grade, 105 students: testing score of 385, 33 percent passed

Algebra 1 EOC results for the district

Eighth grade, 18 students: testing score of 506, 78 percent passed

Ninth grade, 116 students: testing score of 470, 11 percent passed

Algebra 2 EOC results for the district

10th grade, 59 students: testing score of 508, 46 percent passed

11th grade, 33 students: testing score of 482, 21 percent passed

Geometry EOC results for the district

Eighth grade, 18 students: testing score of 516, 89 percent passed

Ninth grade, 65 students: testing score of 501, 57 percent passed

10th grade, 54 students: testing score of 492, 37 percent passed

11th grade, 35 students: testing score of 468, 3 percent passed

12th grade, 12 students: testing score of 465, 17 percent passed

Mathematics EOC results for the district

Third grade, 192 students: testing score of 302, 63 percent passed

Fourth grade, 194 students: testing score of 304, 43 percent passed

Fifth grade, 177 students: testing score of 312, 41 percent passed

Sixth grade, 178 students: testing score of 314, 31 percent passed

Seventh grade, 152 students: testing score of 320, 34 percent passed

Eighth grade, 120 students: testing score of 326, 29 percent passed

These scores contribute to the overall district grade as well as the school's grades.

As readers might recall, the 2016 grades for the district schools were:

Greenville Elementary, B

Lee Elementary, C

Madison County Central, D

Madison County High School, D

Pinetta Elementary, A

James Madison Prep, C

The district as a whole received a “C.” This grade is based on the overall performance of every school.

Every year, the FDOE uses a point system based on student achievement and progress in order to decide which grade each school in the district will receive. This year, FDOE assessed each school in the district with four achievement components: English and language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. These components include student performance on statewide standard assessments, including comprehensive assessments, EOC assessments and Florida Alternate Assessments (FAA). In addition, FDOE also took a look at learning gains. High school grades are based off of graduation rate, dual enrollment and industry certification.

Learning gains means that the student demonstrates growth from one year to the next year. If learning gains are not achieved sufficiently, the schools will be unable to improve their grades.

Brown reports that PES did well across the board of achievement, with a 90 percent pass rate. The students in the fourth and fifth grade showed learning gains.

Although GES drastically changed its 2015 grade of an “F” to a “B,” for the second time in history, Brown points out that, statistically, smaller schools such as GES have a hard time keeping their good grades and achieving learning gains. LES dropped from their 2015 grade of an “A” to a “C” because of their difficulty achieving learning gains. However, Brown anticipates that LES and PES will be high performance schools.

MCCS and MCHS are low-performing schools but Brown is hopeful that they will show improvement.

Brown points out that, statistically, many low-performing schools have students who are stricken by poverty, whether at the state poverty level or below.

However, Brown does not see this as a setback. “All students can learn,” said Brown. “We aren't looking at poverty as an excuse, but [as] a reality.”

Despite all of the challenges the schools are facing, Brown is still confident that things will improve.

“[The district] has to have everyone on board to improve the schools,” said Brown. “I feel good about the next year. I feel our district is poised for success and we're going to have good things this [upcoming school] year.”

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