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Video: How Duval County's third graders stack up on FCAT


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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- FCAT scores for third grade reading and math were released by the Florida Department of Education on Thursday, and the scores show the state's third graders to be "on target" in light of creating higher standards from 2011 to 2012, the Department said in a release.

In Duval County, one number has not changed and it shows one-in-five third graders are reading a Level 1, the lowest grade.

This year that means 1,900 students could be held back based on their scores. Students can go to summer school or build a reading portfolio that requires a principal to sign of on a child's reading progress.

Last year in Duval County, 593 third graders were held back based on their reading ability. 

Statewide, 56 percent of third grade students are at or above Level 3 in reading, and 68 percent are at or above Level 3 in math. That dropped from 2011, which was expected, from 72 percent at or above Level 3 in reading and 78 percent at or above Level 3 in math.

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By applying the new set of standards to the 2011 scores, the state level of third graders at Level 3 or higher was actually 57 percent for reading and 56 percent in math, according to a release from the Department of Education.

In 2002, a Level 2 or higher score on the reading portion of the test was required to be promoted from grade 3 to grade 4. 90 percent of students have been promoted to the next grade since 2006.

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Scores dropped in Duval County, which went from 69 percent in 2011 to 51 percent in 2012 for reading, and from 79 percent in 2011 to 56 percent in 2012 for math.

"While increased accountability across the state has led to a decline in scores for our third grade students in reading and math, we are confident that these scores will rebound," said Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals in a release.

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"We will need the continued support of our students, parents, teachers, administrators and community members to ensure the academic success of our students, which in turn directly correlates to the economic vitality of our communities."

The St. Johns County School District also expected the drop in scores, but said the scores still continue the district's trend of scoring well above the state level.

"With the increased cut scores of FCAT 2.0, we fully expected a drop in performance throughout the district," said Dr. Joseph Joyner, Superintendent of Schools, in a release. "I am proud of the efforts of our teachers in their instruction of the subject matter, and the ability of our students to learn and excel in a more rigorous environment."

Scores also dropped around the region. Here are the scores from other Northeast Florida counties, comparing 2011 to 2012. (Click here for information on scores statewide.)

FCAT Reading 2012 FCAT Reading 2011
Duval 51% Duval 69%
Clay 68% Clay 82%
Putnam 43% Putnam 65%
St. Johns 75% St. Johns 87%
Nassau 66% Nassau 86%
State 56% State 72%
FCAT Math 2012
FCAT Math 2011
Duval 56%
Duval 79%
Clay 68%
Clay 84%
Putnam 50%
Putnam 81%
St. Johns 73%
St. Johns 88%
Nassau 65%
Nassau 87%
State 68%
State 78%

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