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Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Marion school officials say testing results show academic growth for students

The following press release was shared with Ocala-News.com by Marion County Public Schools a few hours after publication of a story about Florida Assessment of Student Thinking (FAST) test scores in the county.

The results are in, and Marion County Public Schools states that its students showed “notable year-over improvements” during this year’s Florida Assessment of Student Thinking (FAST) test series.

Now in its second year, the statewide test measures the progress of students (kindergarten through 8th grade) across all 67 school districts in a variety of academic categories. The testing is conducted at regular intervals throughout the school year instead of a single test at the end of the year.

According to MCPS, students in Marion County continued to improve their scores in nearly every grade level and subject that was tested during the 2023-2024 school year, including:

English Language Arts (ELA)

  • Every grade level showed improvement compared to the previous year.
  • Every grade cohort (collective students advancing to the next grade level) improved from 2022-2023 to 2023-2024.
  • The percentage of students scoring proficient (Level 3 and above) increased from 26% to 45% during this school year.
  • The percentage of students scoring at Level 1 saw a 2% decrease (32% to 30%) compared to the previous school year.
  • The largest gain was in 6th grade (+10 points).
  • The largest cohort improvement was in 9th grade (+9 points).
  • ELA proficiency improved overall at a total of 38 schools in Marion County.

Mathematics

  • Five of the six grade levels improved or remained the same compared to the 2022-2023 school year.
  • The percentage of students scoring proficient increased from 10% to 47% during this school year.
  • The percentage of students scoring proficient (Level 3 and above) increased by 2% compared to 2022-2023.
  • The percentage of students scoring at Level 1 saw a slight decrease (30% to 29%) compared to the previous school year.
  • The largest gain was in 6th grade (+11 points).
  • 30 schools in Marion County improved their overall Math proficiency.

Science

  • All three subjects improved year over year (5th grade, 8th grade, and Biology).
  • Biology scores improved for the third consecutive year (53% in 2022 to 59% in 2024).
  • 24 schools in Marion County improved their overall Science proficiency.
  • The percentage of students scoring proficient (Level 3 and above) increased by 1% during this school year.

Social Studies

  • U.S. History improved for the third year in a row (63% in 2022 to 66% in 2024).

For more information on how Marion County students ranked among the state’s 67 school districts during this year’s FAST test series, click here.

To access the complete list of this year’s test results, visit the Florida Department of Education Florida Assessment of Student Thinking (FAST) and B.E.S.T. Assessments webpage.