By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Shirley Joseph presented the Madison County School Board with the 2013-2014 FCAT and EOC scores in a series of charts that analyzed current scores alongside scores for previous years from each grade. The charts also compared Madison to the surrounding counties of Gadsden, Hamilton, Jefferson, Suwannee and Taylor, as well as seeing how Madison students compared to the overall state average.
In the FCAT scoring system, Level 3 or above is considered proficient. Joseph said that one of the district’s goals had been to increase the number of students performing at Level 3 or above, and decrease the number of students at Level 1.
“We may not get every kid proficient, but we should be able to move them (to a higher level),” she said. “We’re not meeting the state average in any area, but we have less at Level 1 in some areas. That shows movement.”
Joseph noted also that the scoring for essay writing for the fourth, eighth and tenth graders was tougher this year, because those doing the grading were looking a lot more closely at things like grammar, punctuation and syntax, as well as content.
“When we challenge our students, we’re going to get higher performance,” said Superintendent Doug Brown. School board members VeEtta Hagan and Kenny Hall concurred, with Hagan saying that teachers need to teach to higher expectations of their students, and Hall adding that it needed to sart at Kindergarten, first and second grade. “We need to start at the foundation,” he said. “Not just bring a bunch of new challenges to kids already behind.”
Here is a summary of this year’s FCAT scores, compared to last year and to the state averages.
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