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Hillsborough FCAT scores improve in reading, math, science

TAMPA – More FCAT results are in and Hillsborough County students posted improvements in reading, math and science.

The Florida Department of Education this morning released the second batch of Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores. Included are fourth through 10th grade reading, fourth through eighth grade math and fifth and eighth grade science.

Hillsborough students showed improvement in 14 of 16 areas, including five of the six grades that take the FCAT math exam. The math scores for county eighth-graders didn’t change.

“This is tremendous news on the last day of school,” Hillsborough School Superintendent MaryEllen Elia said in a news release. “Congratulations to our students and teachers, and everyone who works so hard to increase student achievement. It’s gratifying to see improvement in all areas – reading, writing, math, and science.”

Third-grade reading and math scores, as well as writing scores, were released two weeks ago. Hillsborough students excelled in that area, with the district’s fourth-graders leading the entire state.

Statewide, 58 percent of the students in third through 10th grades passed the reading exam this year, an increase of one percentage point from 2013. Florida’s third through eighth-graders who passed the math test remained the same as last year at 56 percent. The state’s fifth-graders made a 1-point improvement in science, going from 53 percent passing last year to 54 percent this year.

In Hillsborough, 56 percent passed the reading and math tests, a 2-point improvement in both subjects. The district’s fifth-graders made a 4 percent improvement in science from 52 percent to 56 percent passing. The eighth-graders made a 1-point improvement in science, with 46 percent passing.

FCAT scores contribute to state-issued school grades, which are expected to be released over the summer for elementary and middle schools. High school grades include several factors other than FCAT scores and are released later in the year.

This was the last year for students to take the FCAT, as the state will transition next year to a new assessment aligned to the new Florida Standards.

Hillsborough highlights include:

♦ A 4-point increase in fifth-grade science, with 56 percent passing. Statewide the passing rate was 54 percent.

♦ The science-themed MOSI Partnership Elementary School posted a 31-point improvement in science, along with double-digit increases in other subject areas.

♦ The Franklin Boys Preparatory Academy saw several double-digit gains in the percentage of students passing the reading, math, and science exams. The Ferrell Girls Preparatory Academy also saw widespread gains.

♦ Eighth-graders at the Roland Park K-8 Magnet School posted a 24-point increase in science. Reading and math scores also improved there.

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