Disappointed

Soooo…Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) Scores were recently released and to say I’m disappointed is a bit of an understatement.  Only 24% of our students tested in FCAT Science 2.0 scored on grade level or above.  40 of those students were male…22 female.  But that’s not where the majority of my disappointment lies.  Only SIX of those students were minority females.*

In a Press Release issued on June 5, 2012, the Florida Department of Education states:

Today’s results for FCAT 2.0 Reading and Mathematics show that students did better than expected overall when measured on more demanding standards.

I guess I’m in the minority as far as disappointment is concerned.  *shrug*  Minority girls can do better.  ALL girls can do better.  What’s the reason for the huge difference in scores?  Why did males students perform so much better than their female counterparts?  This is one of the motivating factors for me as I continue to make STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) more interesting for our girls.  They can do it.  I know that they can.

Source(s): fldoe.org