3rd Grade Math, Reading FCAT Scores Released : Bratt Declines, All Others Improve

May 21, 2009

Third grade reading and math FCAT scores were released Thursday morning by the Florida Department of Education, with every North Escambia school showing an increase in scores except for Bratt Elementary.

At Bratt Elementary, the number of third grade students scoring at grade level on the reading portion of the FCAT dropped from 83 percent last year to 78 percent this year. In math, Bratt also declined, from 86 percent at grade level last year to 81 percent this year.

Bryneville Elementary School third grade students improved from 83 percent at grade level in reading last year to 86 percent this year. The percentage of students at third grade level in math remained steady at 93 percent.

Carver/Century third graders improved on both the math and reading FCAT tests. The percent scoring a “3″, which is considered grade level, increased from 53 to 72 percent in reading and from 58 to 72 percent in math.

Molino Park Elementary third grade students also showed gains on the FCAT. The percent of grade level students in reading increased from 76 to 81 percent. The number of Molino Park third graders at grade level in math increased from 84 to 89 percent.

Jim Allen Elementary school in Cantonment showed increases as well. The percentage of third grade students at grade level in reading increased from 76 to 78 percent; in math the number went from 84 percent last year to 89 this year.

Overall, third grade students in Escambia County improved one percentage point from one year ago. The number at grade level in reading increased from 71 to 72 percent. In reading, the county score improved from 76 to 77 percent at grade level.

“We are, of course, pleased with this year’s results and the gains being made in our schools,” said Superintendent Malcolm Thomas. “A lot of hard work was put forth by our teachers, principals and students to continue to increase scores at this level. This will give us some momentum heading into next year.”

Among the highlights from across the county:

● Navy Point increased 21% in math and 11% in reading
● Spencer Bibbs increased 15% in math and 16% in reading
● Longleaf increased 5% in math and 10% in reading
● NB Cook students scored 97% in math and 91% in reading
● Suter students scored 97% in math and 90% in reading
● 56 District students earned perfect scores in math
● 24 District students earned perfect scores in reading
● 4 District students earned perfect scores in both categories


11 Responses to “3rd Grade Math, Reading FCAT Scores Released : Bratt Declines, All Others Improve”

  1. Rachel on March 5th, 2011 1:32 am

    My husband went to century and made it all the way to 10th grade without know how to read and probably would of graduated if he had not dropped out. I wen to bratt elementary when I was a kid it was a top rated school. That’s why my parents put me in it. Bratt is not the problem it is that century was a failing school. Bratt has always been a top rated school and you can’t expect bratt to get the students from century to magically catch up to there level it is going to take some time. Also because of century being closed there is now to many student per class which has also been proven to decrease learning. So don’t blame bratt or the teachers blame the people that decided to close down a school, so they could over pack class rooms, and saaaave mooooney!

  2. janice on June 25th, 2009 12:48 am

    I would say this is exceptional! The week of FCAT was also the week of flu for Bratt children! My daughter was recovering when she took her exams..WAY TO GO! Mrs. Pomeroy and staff are doing an incredible job! Godd Bless our Educators!

  3. outsider on May 23rd, 2009 10:30 am

    I say “good Job” to the parents of those students who truly made the difference in our scoring ,for taking the time to “insist” their child read , learn math and “honestly” do their school work. Teachers can only be held responsible for some of what our children are taught, the most comes from home. Discipline, manners, respect, responsibility for actions, this all starts with the parents. It is always easy to blame someone else for our short comings, shall we dare take a moment and look at ourself. Everyone has a lot to juggle this day and time but we must put our children’s education a priority, they are our future. This world is already in a mess, they are our hope for a better society. Let’s turn off the TV, video games, etc. that seem to seperate “the family” and become a family again.

  4. a.nicole on May 22nd, 2009 3:51 pm

    …am I missing something? I don’t see where Carver outscored Bratt?

  5. Puzzled on May 22nd, 2009 9:21 am

    Whats up with Bratt? You mean to tell me that Carver outscored the kids at Bratt. good for them.

  6. Max on May 21st, 2009 11:06 pm

    Point well taken. Guess I just never heard it that way before or didn’t pay attention. That is definitely crazy. How unfair to the teachers. But then again, just goes to show not all is fair!

  7. Redhead on May 21st, 2009 11:03 pm

    Well now FCAT is done and the teachers have a couple of months to teach something to their students other than that da*n test. Its ridiculous the emphasis that is put on that test and the scores. Everyone from the students to the teachers are out of the box about all year long. Next year print us a sample of the test here William and lets see how the adults and other visitors to the sight do on it. would be interesting way for us all to see whats really being taught at school now cause it certainly ain’t what it used to be.

  8. William on May 21st, 2009 5:34 pm

    Max, while you may disagree with my reporting, comparing third grade this year to third grade last year is exactly how the Florida Department of Education does it, and part of how schools are scored for Adequate Yearly Progress and their letter grades. It’s also the way the Escambia County School District compares scores in their media releases, and exactly how pretty much every media organization in the state compares.

    But I did not say it was fair.

  9. Max on May 21st, 2009 5:19 pm

    William, I would like to see more accurate reporting by NorthEscambia. You can not compare how third graders last year performed on the FCAT to how third graders performed this year. That is two totally separate groups of students. The third graders last year are fourth graders this year. SO, if you want to compare to find improvements, you need to compare last years third grade scores to this years fourth grade scores. Make sense?? The way you are reporting is comparing apples to oranges.

  10. J.Larry Seale on May 21st, 2009 5:14 pm

    It’s wonderful that Jim Allen Elementary made
    great progress this year. MY “GOD DAUGHTER”
    was part of that group of third graders…
    BUT,because of her mother “GREED” we are not
    able to celebrate with all the other third graders
    at Jim Allen….
    I am personal VERY happen for all those great
    kids… I hope one day they will make GREAT
    Tate Aggies !!!!!!!!


  11. interested reader on May 21st, 2009 4:38 pm

    I am thrilled to see that Molino Park improved their reading scores. All the schools should be very proud! There is so much pressure on the children and teachers that this must be a BIG relief for them. GOOD WORK!