LEE COUNTY, Fla. - FCAT scores released this morning show Florida students continue to struggle on high-stakes tests in reading and math. However, Lee County Public Schools are scoring higher than the statewide averages in many grade levels.
This year's scores show the Lee County School District is rating higher than the statewide average at most grade levels. They've also made improvements from last year in algebra one assessments.
WINK News spoke to the district superintendent just after the scores were released this morning. He tells us Lee County students are making positive gains, but there are still gaps that need to be filled in.
"Right now the biggest gap for us is in the senior high school with biology and geometry," said Dr. Joseph Burke, superintendent for the Lee County Public School District. "I would really have preferred those results to be a lot higher than they are, so that's an issue for us. We're going to have to work on that."
The district is moving from FCAT testing to the new, more rigorous PARCC tests. Dr. Burke said those assessments should be introduced in Lee County by the 2014-2015 school year.
To see how all of Southwest Florida scored on the FCAT: