Flagler Schools among best in Florida in algebra

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On a “T-score” scale of 20 to 80, Flagler averaged 56 on Algebra I End-of-Course.
On a “T-score” scale of 20 to 80, Flagler averaged 56 on Algebra I End-of-Course.
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This is the first year for End-of-Course Assessments in Florida, and the results for the Algebra I EOC show Flagler students ranked third in the state, in the highest-scoring top-third percentile.

According to School Board Vice-Chair Andy Dance, in an email: “This is the kind of great news we should be singing about from the rooftops!”

Flagler also scored among the leaders in the lowest-scoring bottom third percentile, with an average score of 17. That means that 17% of Flagler students scored in this bottom score bracket (scores of 20 to 40), a statewide low.

Results will account for 30% of all course grades for exam-taking students in the county.

Students received the Algebra EOC via computer, as an introduction to computer-based testing in the county. According to school officials, virtual testing means quicker grade turnaround in the future.

Also a symptom of first-year assessments, results are being reported on a special scale known as a T-score scale of 20 to 80, where 50 represents the approximate statewide average. Flagler turned in a mean score of 56, ranking among the top three districts in the state.

“The results really show that the teachers taught the standards that were being taught on the test,” said Jim Devin, testing coordinator. “And the students really rose to the occasion.”

A school-by-school breakdown has not yet been received by the Department of Education, but is expected soon.

— Mike Cavaliere contributed to this story.

*For more, contact Jim Devine, coordinator for assessment, accountability and equity, 437-7526, Ext. 3109.

*Main Florida End-of-Course Assessment page - http://fcat.fldoe.org/eoc/

*Understanding Florida End-of-Course Assessment Scores - http://fcat.fldoe.org/eoc/pdf/ueocs.pdf

*Algebra 1 End-of-Course Assessment Fact Sheet - http://fcat.fldoe.org/pdf/11algebraeocafs.pdf

*Main page for information on all Florida statewide assessments (including a webinar about the transition to FCAT 2.0) - http://fcat.fldoe.org/




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