Local schools see marked increase in FCAT scores

Published: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 03:48 PM.

"The Florida Standards for mathematics and English language arts stress a broader approach for student learning, including an increased emphasis on analytical thinking," he explained. "With the new and more rigorous standards, a new assessment was needed to measure student progress."

Washington County's success is part of a statewide trend of academic gains that has received national attention. Florida jumped from 11th to 6th in the nation for educational quality in 2013. In the past decade, the number of Florida graduates participating in AP courses has more than doubled, and the number of low-income graduates taking advanced placement (AP) courses has increased tenfold.

Additionally, Florida’s graduation rate was 75.6% for the 2012-2013 school year – an increase of 1.1 percentage points over the prior year and up five percentage points from the 2010-2011 academic year.

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