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Levy FCAT scores are up

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By Claude Lewis

The FCAT math, science and reading scores are finally in for grades 4-10, and on a whole the Levy County scores are up, but still running a bit behind the state's norm.

Yet to come are the highly anticipated district and individual school letter grades, which are still being calculated by the FDE and should be released by mid-July.

In the meantime, Levy County Schools numbers crunchers Jeff Edison, Mike Todd and Linda Durrance were busy dissecting the latest numbers.

"There's lots of different ways to look at them," said Todd, who is Director of Secondary Education for Levy Schools. "Overall, our schools made some type of gains at all grade levels. In some areas, we're right at the state average. I feel like we're making strong progress."

Edison, assistant superintendent, reached back two years to track the progress of both district and statewide scores in math, science and reading.

His calculations showed Levy students making gains in grades three through 10.

Yet, the Levy kids still failed to match the state norm, as scores across Florida also increased.

Comparing 2006 math scores to those this year, Levy scored higher in five of the eight grades tested.

Statewide, the scores were higher in seven of the eight grades tested.

The reading progress was a little better for Levy kids. Scores were better than 2006 in five grades, while two were tied. Meanwhile, state scores also progressed in five grades, but only one tied and two grades were lower.

The largest gain in math in Levy was fifth grade, where 66 percent scored in the acceptable 3-5 range. In 2006, only 52 percent made the grade. The 66 percent score by the fifth graders was five percent higher than the state norm of 61 percent.

The biggest jump in reading in Levy was 10th grade, going from 28 percent in 2006 to 37 percent in 2008.

The percentage of Levy third graders scoring a 3-5 this year was 75 percent - three percent higher than the state's 72.

In science, Levy County fifth graders scoring a 3-5 this year stood three percent higher than the state percentage, 45-42.

"Some of the scores are up and down," Edison said.

"We have pockets we need to work on," Todd said.

Grade by grade in reading, four of five of the county's elementary school's third graders showed improvements over last year. Only two of the five showed iimprovement in fourth grade. Three of the five showed improvement in fifth grade. Two of the five improved in sixth grade testing. Four of five improved in seventh grade. Three of the five improved in eighth grade. Four of four improved in nine grade and all four also improved in 10th grade.

Grade by grade in math, three of the five schools improved scores in third grade. Two of five improved in fourth grade. Three of five improved over last year in fifth grade. Only one of five improved in sixth grade. Three of five improved in seventh grade. Four of five improved in eighth grade. Three of four improved in ninth grade and two of four in 10th grade.

Grade by grade in science, four of five improved over last year's scores in fifth grade. Three of five improved in eighth grade. Only one of four improved in 11th grade.