Some FCAT scores around Treasure Coast going up while others drop

As expected with a tougher FCAT 2.0, Treasure Coast students had some ups and downs this year.

Based on reading and math scores released Tuesday by the Florida Department of Education, students in grades four through eight struggled on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, with the percentage of students at grade level -- earning a 3 or better on the five-level test -- dropping significantly in some grades.

The department also released science FCAT scores for grades five and eight.

Statewide and across the Treasure Coast, the percentage of students scoring at grade level dropped in most grades and subjects. In some cases, there were double-digit percentage point drops. One exception was Martin County sixth-graders, who improved in math, going from 62 percent at grade level to 63 percent. Eighth-graders statewide remained at 55 percent scoring at grade level.

Martin County remained above state averages at all grade levels and subjects. Indian River fifth-graders were above grade level in math and reading. In reading, Indian River's sixth- and eighth-graders also were above state averages, with fourth-graders at state average. St. Lucie's students were just below state averages in all grades and levels.

In fourth grade reading, Indian River and Martin were at or above the state average of 62 percent at grade level. Indian River had 62 percent at grade level, while Martin had 66 percent at grade level. St. Lucie County had 54 percent at grade level.

In fourth grade math, Indian River had 57 percent at grade level, while Martin had 65 percent at grade level. St. Lucie County had 51 at grade level. State average was 60 percent at grade level.

In fifth-grade reading, Indian River and Martin were above the state average of 61 percent at grade level. Indian River had 64 percent at grade level, while Martin had 63 percent at grade level. St. Lucie County had 53 percent at grade level.

In fifth-grade math, Indian River had 58 percent at grade level, while Martin had 61 percent at grade level. St. Lucie County had 49 at grade level. State average was 57 percent at grade level.

In sixth-grade grade reading, Indian River and Martin were above the state average of 57 percent at grade level. Indian River had 58 percent at grade level, while Martin had 68 percent at grade level. St. Lucie County had 51 percent at grade level.

In sixth-grade math, Indian River had 52 percent at grade level, while Martin had 63 percent at grade level. St. Lucie County had 48 at grade level. State average was 53 percent at grade level.

In seventh-grade reading, Indian River and Martin were above the state average of 58 percent at grade level. Indian River had 57 percent at grade level, while Martin had 63 percent at grade level. St. Lucie County had 52 percent at grade level.

In seventh-grade math, Indian River had 55 percent at grade level, while Martin had 64 percent at grade level. St. Lucie County had 48 percent at grade level. State average was 56 percent at grade level.

In eighth-grade reading, Indian River and Martin were above the state average of 55 percent at grade level. Indian River had 56 percent at grade level, while Martin had 67 percent at grade level. St. Lucie County had 50 percent at grade level.

In eighth-grade math, Indian River had 50 percent at grade level, while Martin had 66 percent at grade level. St. Lucie County had 51 percent at grade level. State average was 57 percent at grade level.

In science, Indian River and Martin counties scored above state averages, while St. Lucie students were just below, according to science FCAT scores released Tuesday by the Florida Department of Education.

In fifth-grade science, 55 percent of Martin fifth-graders were above the state average of 51 in percentage of students scoring at grade level. About 53 percent of Indian River and 44 percent of St. Lucie students scored at grade level.

In eighth-grade science, 60 percent of Martin fifth-graders were above the state average of 46 in percentage of students scoring at grade level. About 50 percent of Indian River and 41 percent of St. Lucie students scored at grade level.

In 2011, 51 percent of fifth-graders statewide scored at grade level while 46 percent of eighth-graders did, as well.

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