FSA and EOC scores released Friday show improvement in Bay District Schools despite Hurricane Michael

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Just like a student waits in anticipation to see his or her test scores, the same can be said for Bay District Schools.

Bay District Schools officials say there were pleased with the testing scores for the 2018-2019 school year. (WJHG/WECP)

District officials found out the overall test scores for the 2018-2019 school year Friday, and district officials say the results were better than they could have hoped for, giving them many reasons to celebrate.

"We always have things to work on but given the challenges of this particular school year, given the fact that our students were out of school for several weeks, given the fact that many of them ended up living in motels and on couches, that I am extremely pleased that we have improved in some areas, held our own in others," said School Board Member Ginger Littleton.

After a year full of challenges presented by Hurricane Michael, district officials say they weren't sure what to expect in terms of the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) and End of Course (EOC) exams.

"My expectations, from the scores that I've seen so far, have been exceeded. I really expected that we would take a hit just because we took such hits on every, every front and so I really am very pleased that we seem to have overcome and persevered and I expect this trend of improving to continue," said Littleton.

While math is still a weak area with scores being down one percent, FSA English Language Arts (ELA) scores improved by four percent overall for grades third through tenth.

"Reading is fundamental and we all know that and the district has made a concerted effort to keep reading at the top of the list of things that children must be able to do," said Littleton.

For Superintendent Bill Husfelt, the scores were a huge win after the district was denied any type of testing relief.

"Everything that I've seen so far...we've got some areas we want to improve in like I think we do every year, but I was extremely satisfied, considering what we've been dealing with, how well everyone did," said Husfelt.

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