School leaders address test performance gaps

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The Spring 2021 Florida Standards Assessment and End of Course Assessment scores have arrived! Gulf District Schools’ scores reflect the diligent efforts of our teachers, as various grade levels performed above state average.

The district’s average in third grade mathematics stands at 58 percent, which is 7 percentage points above the state average. Other grade levels at targeted schools also show student proficiency in areas such as eighth grade Algebra 1, ninth grade Geometry, eighth and ninth grade Biology 1, seventh grade Civics, and 11th grade US History. As noted, percentages in these areas at targeted schools are above state average and we are proud of our students’ performance.

However, student proficiency is not indicated in the areas of English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, and Science, as we desired. Therefore, our administrators and teachers are collaborating closely to execute strategic plans that will aid in improving student performance in all specified areas. We are hopeful that gains will be made in the upcoming school year.

Though the presence of COVID-19 has impacted our school district, and school districts across the nation, in a profound way, our administrators and teachers are preparing for a productive and successful school year. Student safety and student achievement are our constant priorities, and we are endeavoring to propel our students into a state of excellence.

Superintendent Jim Norton and the Gulf County School Board would like to extend their gratitude to our administrators and teachers for their continued dedication to the education profession. They would also like to thank our parents for their partnership in educating our students. Gulf District Schools is a place where students are first, and it truly shows!

Tracy Bowers is director of assessment and workforce for the Gulf District Schools. She can be reached at tbowers@gulf.k12.fl.us

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