Okaloosa turns corner on FCAT

Published: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 11:17 AM.

CRESTVIEW -- Okaloosa Schools are back near the head of the pack among Florida’s 67 counties, Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson said.  

Almost every grade level moved up in state rankings in reading and math, and all grades — third through 10th — are among the state’s top 10 in reading.

The district also excelled in science, with students finishing in the top five in both of the assessed grade levels (fifth through eighth).

'We had work to do'

For the past few years, Okaloosa County FCAT results have shown a declining pattern.

“We knew we had work to do ... and I wanted to support our teachers who have worked tirelessly this year to get the job done," Jackson said.

Blended standards and rigorous teacher evaluations added pressures.

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