Brevard Students Top State In Math FCAT Testing
By Space Coast Daily // June 6, 2012
Science, Reading Scores Strong As Well
BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – The final set of scores from this year’s more rigorous Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) were disclosed Tuesday and Brevard Public Schools’ sixth-grade students are once again the best in the state for math and second overall for reading.
Additionally, all grade levels, 3 to 10, outperformed the state average in every one of the 16 areas of the FCAT; seven areas in reading, seven in math and two in science.
“Our students and teachers are to be commended for their resilience and effort in the face of differing content and testing expectations,” stated Superintendent Brian Binggeli. “Due to their hard work, of the eight grades tested in reading and the six grades tested in math, the gap between Brevard students and the state average increased in nine and remained constant in one.”
The difference between Brevard’s results and the state average is most evident in sixth grade.
Specifically in math, sixth grade had the highest percentage of students scoring at Level 3 or above in the state; 19 percentage points above the state average. Brevard had 72 percent of its sixth grade students scoring Level 3 or above in math while the state average was 53 percent.
In reading, they were 15 percentage points above the state. Brevard had 72 percent of its sixth grade students scoring Level 3 or above; the state average was 57 percent.
Brevard Public Schools continued to show its leadership in science education as well.
The FCAT science test is given to all public school students in grades 5 and 8.
Of 67 districts statewide, Brevard’s mean scale scores ranked third in grade 5 and fourth in grade 8.
Grade 5 scored 15 points above the state average and grade 8 scored 19 points above the state average.