BAY COUNTY -- Florida got its last set of 2014 End-of-Course exams (EOC) scores Monday morning. EOC's scoring is similar to the five level FCAT scores, with students needing a 3 to pass. Like the FCAT the scores are used in the calculations of A-to-F grades for each public school.
Camilla Hudson an official with the Bay District School said, "This exam is a snap shot of how they have done overall for the whole year. We are seeing how well students did compared to others across the state and we will use this information to tweak our instruction for the next year."
The district was above the state average in both biology and geometry.
Hudson said, "We had about 71% of our students score at the proficiency score of three or higher, which was great." In geometry, students scored 3% higher than the state average.
There are only two areas that did not exceed the state average. Bay County students scored 8% below the state average in U.S. history, and 1% lower in algebra.
New this year is a civic assessment, students were tested on their knowledge of how the government works. "Civics was a new assessment this year for our seventh grade students. we did very well on civics," Hudson said.
Meantime, looking ahead to next year there will be two new graduation requirements. Hudson said, "Our seniors next year for the class of 2015, the must pass the algebra one EOC along with FCAT reading."
Also next year assessment will be moving into "Florida Standards." "We do know that students will still be testing in grades three and above much like FCAT. FCAT is going away but it will be replaced by the Florida Standards Assessment," Hudson said.
The state will release each school's overall grade sometime next month.