Flagler County students rank among the top 10 of Florida’s 67 districts in Algebra I and U.S. History, according to End-of-Course exam data released June 17.
The assessments, mostly taken at the high school level, are another way for schools to measure student performance in individual subject areas. “EOC assessments are computer-based, criterion-referenced assessments that measure the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for specific courses, as outlined in their course descriptions,” according to the Florida Department of Education’s website. The exams are scored on a 0-5 scale, with a score of 3 or higher factoring positively into a district’s ranking. Results from the FCAT, an assessment measuring skills by grade level, came out earlier this month, with Flagler students registering gains in math.
On the EOC exams, local students finished sixth in Algebra I and eighth in U.S. History, with Flagler Palm Coast High School recording a 19% jump in students who scored a 3 or above in Algebra I — 71% this year compared to 54% in 2013. On the Civics EOC exam, administered this year for the first time, Flagler students ranked 11th.
“Any time we’re getting a high percentage of students demonstrating mastery, it reinforces the systems and structures that we’ve put in place,” Superintendent Jacob Oliva said. “We constantly aggregate data and look for ways to improve. Our teachers are committed to success, and our professional development is aligned to support them.”
One outlying area was Biology, where Flagler students ranked 42nd, and 13% fewer scored a 3 or higher compared to 2013.
“Our Biology scores are a little bit disappointing, and we’ve already started breaking down the data,” Oliva said. “We know that’s an area we’ll see great improvement in next year.”
Passing EOC exams in several subjects is a graduation requirement, said Oliva, so the district has a vested interest in interpreting this data and continuing to improve.
“The big picture is that when students are successful on these exams, they’re going to be successful in school, and they’re going to finish,” he said.