Okaloosa turns corner on FCAT

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

“Our schools were tasked with implementing new standards that began as Common Core and shifted to Florida Standards, all the while knowing that our FCAT assessments were going to be based on the old Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (or NGSS)," Jackson said. "We had to start talking to our teachers about the instructional shifts while making sure that NGSS were still being addressed.

'Payoff is clear'

Marcus Chambers, assistant superintendent of curriculum, attributes the rise to work going on at the school-level.

“Each school’s leadership team, made up of administrators, instructional coaches and teachers, met with the directors of curriculum for quarterly reviews to analyze school-specific data and discuss how each school would address soft spots in the data.

"That required an enormous effort on the part of each school, and the payoff is clear.”   

The fifth grade saw losses in reading and math, while the fourth grade moved from 17th to 27th in the state for math.

“At first glance, it looks like a loss," Jackson said. "More important than comparing last year’s fifth grade to this year’s fifth grade (which is how the data has been released to the media), we’re more interested in tracking the same group of students over time.



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