FCAT Results Are In
Across the board, school districts saw improved results.
In fact, two failing schools in Alachua County are now making the grade.
"In reading we had a 36% increase from last year to this year," said Dr. Chet Sanders, principal of the Professional Academics Magnet School at Loften High School.
Last year, Loften High School was given a failing grade, but over the course of the school year Principal Sanders has made it his mission to get his students and teachers working together. Every nine weeks, they tested students to see where they stood academically.
"We held all the teachers accountable for the tested benchmarks," said Sanders.
And it was team work that helped make the difference.
This year Loften saw an increase of 71 points across the board.
But Loften isn't alone, Metacalfe Elementary School also received a failing grade. However, they saw a 55 point increase among just their 5th graders.
"What we saw at these 2 schools, the percentage of students now who are proficient at those schools compared to last year is absolutely stunning," said Jackie Johnson, Alachua County Schools Spokesperson.
Now the two schools eagerly await their new school grades, which will be announced in Mid-July. And the better the letter grade, the more the state will give the school in funding.
The School District hopes that the state will consider including graduation rates and the number of students taking advanced placement courses into account when assigning a school's grade.
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