State test scores show overall progress in Leon County schools
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State test scores show overall progress in Leon County schools

  • Leon County students saw a slight increase in state exam pass rates in English and math for the 2023-2024 school year.
  • Leon County saw a 1% increase in English and a 2% increase in math.
  • Watch the video above to hear from Leon County Schools principal and superintendent about the state test results.

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“If you try, you will succeed!”

Dr. Benny Bolden Jr. has been the principal of Nims High School for six years. He is familiar with the Leon County test scores released by the Florida Department of Education.

Leon County students saw a slight increase in state exam pass rates in English and math for the 2023-2024 school year.

According to the Florida Department of Education, 1% is English and 2% is math.

These results are a result of the challenges facing science in the wake of the pandemic.

“That learning loss is still there; you have to almost finish that wave. It’s something Leon County schools are going to see for a while now.”

Superintendent Rocky Hanna agrees that time is of the essence.

“We need some time to get back into the game.”

On Wednesday afternoon I met with Hanna.

“Schools like Sable Palm, Rickards, and Nims; they’re all in my area. Is the goal the same in terms of trying to get good grades in those schools?

“Absolutely. The schools on the city’s Southside are primarily title-one schools. They are receiving additional resources; we have seen some success. The teachers and administrators in our schools are working hard to get our kids back on track.”

Hanna also says the plan is to work together to find best practices and see what successes have been achieved in other parts of the country following the pandemic, as well as to motivate students.

“We need to make sure we are prepared academically; we need to make sure teachers are doing what is necessary.”

Dr. Bolden says he noticed a spike at his school, and Hanna noticed a spike as well.

“Some of the results achieved by Nims High School students were amazing, the highest in the school’s history.”

While schools like Nims and others show promise, principals like Dr. Bolden say it also depends on the students.

“If they respect the idea of ​​going to school and being educated, it will show on standardized tests.”