The following study was conducted by an independent researcher and analyzes test results of Florida schools in two counties that implement the Write Track program.
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General Information Regarding Write Track Study
- FCAT is a 45 minute writing test.
- Students will write a Narrative or Expository Essay.
- FCAT is scored on a six-point rubric with a 6 being the highest score.
- Florida schools receive points in the area of writing for the Florida accountability (grading) of schools for students who score at level 3 and higher. (Additional points have been awarded for students scoring at level 3.5 and above, this started in 2002).
- Starting in 2005 the standard will be raised for students taking FCAT to 3.5 and higher.
- All data for this study was taken from the Florida Department of Education Web site.
- Data for Hopper in Seminole County and Cherokee in Orange County was not available for certain years because both of these schools are ESE center schools.
- The most important aspect when just looking at the numbers or data is that all schools show improvement of test scores within a three- year window of implementing Write Track strategies. The amount of gain is dependent upon many different factors.
Important Points When Analyzing Data From Orange County
- Regardless of the year started all 30 Write Track schools (100%) showed gains in the combined mean score from their implementation year to the most recent FCAT Writing Test.
- 93% of Write Track schools showed gains in students scoring at level 3 and above from implementation year to most recent FCAT Writing Test.
- Average amount of gain from Write Track schools in improving their students scores to level 3 and above was 15% from implementation year to most recent FCAT Writing Test.
- Most gain from implementation year to most recent FCAT Writing Test was 41% in the area of students scoring at level 3 and above. (That is a 41% increase in students scoring at level 3 and above).
- Most gain in combined mean score was 1.2 from implementation year to most recent FCAT Writing Test.
- 100% of Write Track schools showed gains in both areas during the first two years of implementation of Write Track. (Data from schools starting in 2000)
Important Points When Analyzing Data From Seminole County
- 100% of the schools showed gains from previous year writing scores up to the first two years of implementation in both areas analyzed.
- Average gain of students scoring 3 and above from implementation year is 5%.
- 83% of schools showed gains in students scoring 3 and above from implementation year. (The only school that did not show gains had a 21% gain from previous year to first year of implantation in students scoring 3 and above).
- 50% of schools showed gains in combined mean score from implementation year.
- Most gain in the area of students scoring 3 and above was 21% from previous year to 1st year of implementation.
- Two schools had a .6 increase in combined mean score during their first 2 years of implementation.