The school year is ending on a high note for several Panhandle counties. Florida's Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart, in a press release, applauded Bay, Holmes, Walton and Washington Counties for improved student performance on FCAT Reading, Math and Science.
The Florida Department of Education released FCAT 2.0 and some End-of-Course (EOC) Assessment scores Friday.
In Bay County, Superintendent Bill Husfelt said he's pleased with this year's results, but there's always room for improvement. "Are we where we want to be? No. Are we improving? Yes," he added.
Overall, tenth grade students scored above the state average and made improvements on FCAT Reading over last year, and almost every middle school student taking the Algebra I EOC passed.
"What this says is that our teachers are working hard. Our students are taking it seriously, and we're going to continue to get better and improve," Husfelt said.
"We're looking at the areas where we improved, and we're celebrating," Camilla Hudson, the Assessment and Accountability Coordinator, said. "We're looking at the areas where we're stagnant or we've dropped a little bit, and we want to see what happened in instruction. Were there grade level changes in teachers, just look at a lot of different things to see to improve on for next year."
District Staff are working to get the individual scores posted. Parents can log onto their student's Parent Portal account to view them.