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Superintendent pleased with third graders' performance on FCAT

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By The Staff

The community can continue to smile about the progress students are making in Gadsden County schools. Following the recent release of fourth grade writing scores that proved to be the best in the Big Bend, the district’s third graders promised to not be far behind.

In fact, third graders district wide gained in both math and reading. The reading gains were the most impressive, with Gadsden County students gaining 7 percent from 53 percent passing in 2008 to 60 percent of third graders performing at or above grade level this year.

In math, third graders moved from 65 percent to 69 percent of students performing on or above grade level.

Crossroads posted 100 percent passing rates for third graders in reading and math. St. John Elementary led as most improved in reading, increasing 27 percent over 2008. In math, Chattahoochee and St. John elementary schools tied for student performance increases, with both increasing by 33 percent for scores of 68 percent and 87 percent, respectively.

Gadsden Elementary Magnet School scored a perfect mark with 100 percent of its third graders performing at or above grade level in math and 89 percent of its third graders scoring at or above grade level in reading.

The district’s third graders also outperformed state trends for increased student performance by earning two points more than the state average in math, and eight more points in reading.

Superintendent Reginald James said he was proud of the efforts of third grade teachers, parents, students and administrators.

“Our students continue to reach new heights. We are moving in the right direction. That is something we can all be proud of,” he said.