School may be out for the summer, but the work is just beginning for Bay District Schools officials. The Florida Department of Education released the second wave of reading, math, and science FCAT 2.0 scores Friday.
In reading, all grade levels except fourth grade tested at or above the state average. The fourth grade district average came in two percentage points below the state average.
In math, all grade levels tested below the state average.
In science, fifth and eighth grades also tested below the state average.
Superintendent Bill Husfelt says the difference between the district and state averages was just a percentage point or two in most grades so he isn't concerned.
"Whenever you have something new and you do something new, it's going to go down a little bit and then it's going to start going up usually by the third or fourth year. You start seeing the improvement, and that's what we've already seen some of this year, but we think the rest of them will continue to improve and get better as the next two years go along," said Husfelt.
School officials will take a closer look at what did and didn't work in each school and even classroom.
Husfelt doesn't believe money can solve this problem but does believe time can. The district saw the proof this year in Springfield Elementary School's reading results. Springfield was the only school required to add an additional hour of reading to the school day.
"It gave us the opportunity to implement our new SRA Walk to Read Reading Program with Fidelity. That's made a huge difference. A new reading program as well as the extra hour really impacted our student achievement," said Harriet Taylor, Springfield's Principal.
"I think it's very obvious that when you put more time into a student day it does reap benefits. Now, do we have that money to do that? No, we don't have the money to do that, but obviously, there's a correlation there because it did help this school," said Husfelt.
The district has posted individual student scores on the Parent Portal. If you don't have access to the Parent Portal, contact your child's school for further information.