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THIRD GRADE SCORES
SHOW SLIGHT DIP
MARION COUNTY – The annual release of third-grade scores helps Florida public school districts determine which students advance to fourth grade the next year. The results of third-grade proficiency levels on the Florida Standards Assessment show Marion County students slipped two percent while state scores increased one percent.
Year-to-year scores are not the most accurate indicator of student success. Because students differ each year, comparing third grade scores from one year to the next is not a true comparison method. A more accurate comparison looks at last year’s third graders compared with this year’s fourth graders. This method provides a truer picture of proficiency levels and actual academic growth.
Third-grade scores are 1/19 of an elementary school’s overall grade. Smaller schools with fewer students can be significantly impacted when a single student scores poorly.
Schools can benefit significantly from learning gains measured by this year’s test. These learning gains factor significantly into scores for remaining grade levels and school grades, expected this summer.
For detailed reports, district results, and school-by-school proficiency rates, visit www.fldoe.org/accountability/assessments/k-12-student-assessment/results/.
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