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Gadsden, Dixie and Jefferson County School Districts Achieve Amazing Results in Math on 2013 FCAT 2.0
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May 29, 2013
Gadsden, Dixie and Jefferson County School Districts Achieve Amazing Results in Math on 2013 FCAT 2.0
Once again, Gadsden County third graders – for the 3rd year in a row – achieved remarkable results on the 2013 FCAT 2.0 Math. This year, despite continuing challenges in Reading (ranked 4th lowest in the state for 2013), their ranking in Math moved up to 3rd place among the 67 counties in Florida! Additionally, 71% of the students performed at or above proficiency compared to the state average of 58%. What an accomplishment!
Prior to establishing a district-wide partnership with ACALETICS®, Gadsden 3rd graders performed among the lowest 6 counties in Math. However, after entering a district-wide partnership with ACALETICS®,Gadsden County 3rd graders achieved breakthrough results moving from a ranking of 61 out of 67 counties in the state to 13th in 2011 and 6th in 2012.
ACALETICS® extends special congratulations to Dixie County (ACALETICS® Partner) and Jefferson County (ACALETICS® Partner) as they finished #1 and #2, respectively, out of 67 counties in the state for highest percentage point increases in Math for traditional schools (non-charter). Dixie County not only ranked #1 in the state for highest percentage-point increase in Math, it also earned a #1 ranking in the state for the highest percent of students scoring at/or above grade level (73%).
Congratulations to all stakeholders in Gadsden, Dixie and Jefferson counties who made this level of achievement possible. The ACALETICS® team, which provided comprehensive supplemental support to the district’s math program, is proud to be a part of this success and extend best wishes to all.
Despite more rigorous Math standards and challenges in Reading (ranked 3rd lowest in the state for 2011), Gadsden County third-graders achieved breakthrough results on 2011 FCAT 2.0 Math. Historically, Gadsden has performed among the lowest 4 counties in Florida in Math; however, on the 2011 FCAT 2.0 Math, Gadsden is ranked #8 in Florida with 84% of its third-graders performing at or above proficiency.
2011 Grade 3 FCAT 2.0 Math Comparative Analysis: ACALETICS – Gadsden County Partnership
HIGHLIGHTS – The ACALETICS Math Achievement Impact
► In 2011, Gadsden County’s 84% Proficiency ranked #8 in the State versus having the 4th lowest proficiency in 2010 in Math.
►7 out of 8 (88%) schools met or exceeded the State’s Proficiency Average of 78%.
►7 out of 8 (88%) schools showed significant Proficiency Gains (range: from 6 to 37 percentage points).
►6 out of 7 (86%) schools achieved double-digit Proficiency Gains (range: 10 to 37 percentage points).
►5 out of 8 (63%) achieved Proficiency Levels of 90% or more. One school achieved 100%!
Title I School Achieves 100% Math Success Despite Odds
Third-grade students at Twin Lakes Elementary in Hialeah know all about numbers. The Title I school is one of
only 28 elementary schools (out of more than 2,000) in the state to achieve 100 percent on the third-grade
mathematics portion of the 2010 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, according to results released by the
Florida Department of Education.
Although Twin Lakes is situated in a low-income area – with 87 percent of its student population receiving free or
reduced lunch – students didn’t let those statistics stop them from outperforming their peers: Twin Lakes has the
unique distinction of being the only non-charter school in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties to
accomplish 100 percent on the math portion.
Twin Lakes partnered with Educational Development Associates, Inc. (EDA) more than 10 years ago and the
school has seen a consistent boost in performance on standardized tests and other forms of assessments using
EDA’s Acaletics program. This partnership is proving that gaps in mathematics can be closed – in a fun and
Please join EDA in congratulating Twin Lakes Elementary and Principal Maria DeLeon on a job well done.
Acaletics is a program developed by Educational Development Associates, Inc. (EDA). EDA offers several
research-based, results-driven supplemental products and services that boost the performance and achievement
of students in schools. Through our innovative Acaletics math program, EDA has helped more than 300,000
students and over 400 schools dramatically improve classroom instruction and learning, test scores, and student
competence and confidence by providing invaluable resources and direct support to teachers and school
For more information on Acaletics, please visit www.acaletics.com or contact EDA at 305.362.8887.
Volume xx, Number 30 . April 11,2001
American Education Newspaper of Record (Please click on continue reading to see the highlighted section.)
April 11, 2001
From Worst to First: By Karla Scoon Reid
Two wide-eyed girls nervously rattle off the latest announcements on Fessenden Elementary School’s closed-circuit TV newscast. After detailing the all important lunch menu, the 5th graders toss the show to Betty D. Brown, the assistant principal, for a much-needed pep talk.
The latest round of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, or FCAT, is a week away, and students and teachers arc on edge about the high-stakes test. Brown, who has organized a pep rally for later that day, tries to calm their nerves.
“A ferocious animal is coming..” she says in her best drama-filled storytelling voice. “We’ve done so many things to tame that cat [the FCAT], We’re not afraid.
“Do everything it takes to be winners.” She signs off, almost singing: “Have a great day, boys and girls!”With that, Fessenden’s FCAT countdown started. In a mere seven days, students clutching No, 2 pencils would hunch over test booklets at their desks in silence. Teachers would anxiously pace =around the class, searching students’ faces for encouraging signs.
The historic central Florida school is intimately familiar with the immeasurable impact of students’ test results. Fessenden is one of only two Florida schools that made the dramatic leap from an F in 1999 under the state’s grading system to an A last year, Under Republican Gov, Jeb Bush’s A+ plan to overhaul the state’s public schools, Fessenden and Brentwood Elementary School in Pensacola avoided qualifying for vouchers by exceeding minimum performance standards for 5th graders in math and 4th graders in reading and writing. The schools also had to make gains with their poorer-performing students.
Some educators characterize Fessenden as a success story worthy of being replicated by other struggling schools serving poor children. About 81 percent of the school’s 560 students qualify for free-or reduced-price lunches, But other educators and residents here are reluctant to acknowledge Fessenden’s gains because of its students’ low test scores in the past.
“I believe that some of the best teaching and learning occurs in schools that are perceived to be failures,” says John 0, Smith, the superintendent of the 38,OOO-student Marion County schools from 1992 to 2000, The fact that Fessenden improved from an F to an A is not by accident, he says, but thanks to a plan. ”They accepted [the F] as a challenge rather than a put-down, They have a lot of pride,” Smith says. continue reading
St.Petersburgh Times Online
By JEFFREY S. SOLOCHECK
As a second-grader, Karley Bender hated to read.She couldn’t make out what the words said. They looked like nonsense. Trying to get through schoolwork, much less a book for fun, was unpleasant at best.”I used to have to fight her every time to read,” Karley’s mom, Renee, recalled. “She would cry.”
Entering the third grade, Karley got into a program, once reserved for special education students, that changed everything. Over the course of 80 intense hours, the Chocachatti Elementary School student learned how to visualize words on a page in a way that made sense. continue reading
Mr. James Warford, Florida’s K-12 Chancellor: In the April 23, 2003 Press Release by the Department of Education that announced Mr. Warford as the K-12 Chancellor, evidence of Warford’s success as superintendent of Marion County Public Schools was emphasized by the improvement in performance of 3 “F” and 8 ”D” schools in the county. ACALETICS® was used by the 3 “F” schools and two of the 8 “D” schools. Fessenden Elementary was 1 of only 2 schools in Florida to increase by four grades (“F” to “A” in only one year). The Education Week article that featured our partnership with this school and results summary are enclosed.
Norwood Elementary (Miami-Dade):This partnership shows the results of superior school-level leadership along with efficient and effective use of available resources. For the past six years, our relationship with Norwood has allowed the principal to allocate the majority of the school’s resources and efforts to improve its Reading program while utilizing ACALETICS® products, services and support to continue to strengthen its Math program. As a result, the school’s grade has escalated from three consecutive “Ds” to its current grade of “A” (D-D-D-B-B-A)!
By VALERIE TAYLOR
Published February 3, 2005
Want to help your child do better in math? Put away the flash cards and bring out the Cheerios. Well, not really, but Westside Elementary recently showed about 100 parents and students that there’s a variety of ways to put the merriment in math.
Calling the event Edible Math Night, teachers and volunteers at eight stations in the school cafeteria used pizza to teach fractions, cartoon-character crackers for addition and subtraction, candy prizes for bingo to promote number sense, and M&Ms to teach mean, median and mode. And the best part is that the children got to eat or take home the goodies they used to complete the math work. “It was a way to get parents involved. Kids like it when their parents come with them to school,” said Stacie Wharton, Title I parent educator and organizer of the Jan. 13 event. “It’s also a way to show parents that they can do this at home with any food they have around.”
Math teacher Bradley Stevenson staffed the popular bingo station and explained how the game challenged students “to concentrate, recognize patterns, follow rules and develop a number sense.”
The Edible Math event was designed “to promote math and numbers as something that can be fun on the way to mastering the academic concepts,” he said. continue reading