For the fourth year in a row, 3rd grade students in Gadsden County are at the head of the class. These 8-year-olds are again #1 in the Big Bend.
These accomplishments are even more commendable when considering the fact that the Florida Department of Education increased test rigor and expectations this school year. The district’s math score proficiency rate was 72%, exceeding the state average of 58%, and ranking the district’s passing rate as 2nd highest in the State.
In Reading, the district’s proficiency rate was 46%, which was a 5% increase over 2013. Gadsden Elementary Magnet School had the district’s highest passing rate in reading at 76% followed by Crossroad at 69%.
Writing has historically been another tested subject where the school district has led; however, the district’s performance was not the exception to the state trend and experienced a decline across all tested grades. The district performed slightly below the state average in fourth grade and placed in the middle of the pack amongst Big Bend districts. School officials anticipated some declines, but noted that the results would provide the valuable data needed to improve students’ writing performance and become a top performer again.
Regarding 3rd grade scores, Superintendent Reginald James stated that he was proud of the efforts of all the teachers, parents, students and administrators. “I am particularly pleased with our 3rd graders eclipsing the state gains in math again. This progress is most notable in light of the fact that statewide students are being assessed using a more rigorous test with the higher score requirements of the FCAT 2.0."