Palm Beach Schools Superintendent Excited By Mediocrity

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WEST PALM BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — In a head scratching comment that is much akin to a kid saying, “I failed, but it’s okay because the test was hard,” Palm Beach Schools superintendent Wayne Gent said that he’s okay with the recent FCAT abomination because students in Palm Beach County scored slightly better than some students in other places.

As has been widely reported, the State of Florida changed the grading curve for the recent FCATs because if it had not, pretty much every child in the State of Florida would be destined to a life working overnights in McDonald’s.

Here’s the somewhat bizarre comment from the school’s boss, seemingly excited by county students being slightly less medicore than others:

Schools Superintendent Wayne Gent says he is “very pleased” with the performance of students and teachers on the just-released results for FCAT 2.0 Reading at grades 3-10, FCAT 2.0 Mathematics at grades 4-8, and FCAT Science for grades 5 and 8.

“The main point is that Palm Beach students outperformed Florida at most grades in Mathematics and Science, and a majority of our students scored proficient or above at all tested grades and subjects. In fact, grade 8 Mathematics is an impressive 10 points higher than Florida, and Palm Beach students outperformed four of the largest school districts in Florida at most tested grades in Mathematics and Science,” Gent said. The Superintendent’s analysis also showed that district students performed about the same as or above Florida at most grades in Reading, with grade 8 Reading four points higher than Florida.

Gent gave credit to the teachers and staff for preparing the students, to the students for focusing on their lessons and to the Board for its leadership in supporting student achievement as the district’s top priority.

“Can we do better? Yes, and we will continue to improve,” he said.