Polk County Schools FSA Test Results Released

The state Department of Education released results for students from Polk County schools this week, showing mixed results for their collective performance on Florida Standard assessments in reading, writing and math.

The best performers came from students in grades three through five in FSA math, according to DOE data.

School grades are expected to be released by the state at a later date, a district news release said Thursday. Schools such as Griffin Elementary will be closely watched by the district as the school has grappled with dozens of Ds and Fs since 2012.

“As far as school closures go, the only school that could be closed is Griffin Elementary, although we don’t expect that to happen,” said Kyle Kennedy, senior district relations analyst. the media.

If Griffin Elementary is unable to earn a C or higher this year, the district will choose the closure option, he said.

“Students would be reassigned to higher performing schools and monitored for three years. Griffin Elementary would then undergo a gradual transformation into a magnetic STEM or STEAM academy that would have no restricted attendance zone and would be open to all students,” said he declared.

Kennedy said the district was “confident in the hard work of Griffin students, teachers and staff,” and a consultant, Educational Directions, supported efforts to improve school performance.

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In state-published charts, students’ exam scores were assigned a 1–5 rating for their levels of success on FSA assessments, with 5 being the highest. Based on this scoring range, the state DOE reports the percentage of students by district scoring 3 or higher.

Students scoring below Level 3 may need help catching up in the fall. But school administrators use several metrics to determine class advancement and placements and for strategies to help them achieve grade level in the next round of annual assessments.

This will be the last year for the FSA. Its replacement will be a new progress tracking system that has yet to be released by the DOE, but it will mean changes to how students, schools, and districts are assessed going forward.

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Each year, teachers’ evaluations can be influenced by their students’ performance on FSA evaluations. However, teacher evaluation criteria may vary from district to district.

Schools and districts are also impacted by student performance, when schools repeatedly get Ds and Fs.

In addition to the raw data showing 2022 scores, the state produces tables to compare 2021 to 2022 scores for each school district and its schools.

Generally, in these charts, Polk County schools were in the bottom half of Florida school districts in reading, writing, and math. Polk is not alone as few schools statewide have exceeded the 50 percentile for students earning a Level 3 or higher.

In year-over-year comparisons for reading and writing, the DOE reported that overall, grades three through ten at the Polk School remained the same at the English exam – a combined reading and writing assessment – ​​with 43% achieving at least a Level 3 on this FSA assessment.

In the ELA data, however, Polk’s ninth and tenth graders improved in their scores, with students scoring 3 or higher rising from 39% to 41%, but they remained below the average for the district.

Grades 3-5

Students in grades three through five also saw a 2 percentage point increase in test scores, from 44% to 46% from 2021 to 2022, respectively.

A 2% drop occurred in the ELA scores of students in grades six through eight.

In math, students in grades three through eight rose by one percentage point to 44% year-over-year, with the biggest jump coming from students in grades three through five, who are increased from 44% in 2021 to 47% in 2022, an increase of three percent. points in a single school year.

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Grades Six to Eight

Scores in grades six to eight were stable, remaining the same for 2022 with 41% achieving a Level 3 on the exam.

Math scores are a combination of FSA and end-of-course exam scores. Middle and high school scores are in subjects such as geometry and algebra. The full report can be found here: https://www.fldoe.org/accountability/assessments/k-12-student-assessment/results/2022.stml

“Despite the many challenges of the past two years, our schools have been able to make gains and maintain progress in some subjects,” Superintendent Frederick Heid said.

“There is still a lot of work to do, but we are proud of our students, teachers and staff for overcoming so many obstacles and giving their all for these assessments. »

FLDOE results, the district also highlighted several areas with DOE results, including students taking the FSA Algebra 1 course completion exam showed year-over-year improvement, with 41% earning a 3 or better, compared to 37% the previous year.

Additionally, 37% of students scored 3 or better on the FSA geometry course completion exam, up from 33% the previous year.

In science scores, 37% of fifth graders scored 3 or higher on the assessment, up from 39% in 2021. While 36% of eighth graders scored 3 or higher on science assessment, compared to 39% in 2021 .

Biology results showed that 52% of students taking the end-of-course exam scored 3 or above, which is unchanged from a year ago.

US History data showed that 54% of students taking the school leaving exam scored 3 or better, up from 55% in 2021. And 67% of students taking the school leaving exam d FSA Civics scored 3 or better, up from 63% in 2021.

In Thursday’s press release, the Florida Department of Education said student achievement gaps across the state have been narrowed for minority students.

“African American students, students from economically disadvantaged families, and Hispanic students achieved gains on all math and ELA measures,” the DOE said.

“Every child deserves access to the best education possible, regardless of income or background,” Commissioner Manny Diaz, Jr. said in the statement.

The performance of all student subgroups increased or remained the same at a score of 3 and above in ELA and math compared to 2021, the DOE said.

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