Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Basics Tests Generally Satisfactory Gains in Language, Math; Some Decline in Reading

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Basics Tests Generally Satisfactory Gains in Language, Math; Some Decline in Reading

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Clay County students' language and math test scores show gains

over last year, but half of the grades tested showed declines in

reading scores on the yearly Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills,

district figures show.

The year's CTBS provides a view of how Clay students' language,

math reading skills compare with their counterparts nationally.

Declines in basic reading skills were seen in grades 2, 5, 7

and 9, records show, and scores for third- and fourth-graders

remained flat. Eighth-grade scores improved by two points, the

figures show.

This spring, an estimated 15,000 students in grades 2 through 9

took a weeklong series of exams, educators said.

"We didn't see any dramatic changes in increases or decreases,"

said Kay Earhart, the district's supervisor of professional

development and program support. "We think it's very good."

However, six grades of math and language scores have climbed

since 1995, the statistics that Earhart released show.

Superintendent Phyllis May said that when scores decline or

show no movement up or down at an individual school, educators

try to reverse those deficiencies. But it's not something that's

going to be repaired overnight, she said. "Each school does

address those areas of weakness," she said.

In general, comparing 1995 CTBS scores with this year show:

In reading, scores declined for four grade levels, increased at

two other grade levels and remained the same for two grades.

In contrast, language scores rose in six grades, declined in

two and stayed the same for one.

In math, scores also improved. In six grades scores have

improved, two show decreases and one remained the same over 1995

test scores.

In general, the district's eight grade levels fall into the 50

to 74 percentile, which fall in the middle range of scores, according

to Earhart. …

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