Okaloosa turns corner on FCAT

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

"If you look at the data, fifth-grade students actually performed better than they did as fourth-graders a year ago in both reading and math — from 11th to eighth in the state for reading and 17th to eighth in the state for math.”

'Strong plan in place'

“Our scores are starting to rise again, and we have a strong plan in place as we move forward," Chambers said.

District officials will continue to meet with principals throughout the summer, and a new School Performance Plan, or SPP, will be put into place. Each school’s SPP will help teachers shift toward new statewide assessments for English/language arts and math, officials said.

The schools will have a clear focus going into the 2014-15 year.

“Using data, we will provide school, grade-level, and subject-area support to assist all students," Chambers said. "Content-area teachers will continue to implement close reading, writing with evidence from text, and student talk in the classroom, while math students will focus on Math Practice 3, constructing viable arguments and critiquing the reasoning of others.”

There is still work to do, officials said.

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