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Duval County schools raising bar for English, math

Proficiency target for Jacksonville students higher than state goals

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Duval County Public Schools is setting higher goals for its students in both English and math.

The school district wants students to achieve a 60 percent proficiency in math by 2020, which is higher than the state's goal of 58 percent. In English, Duval County's goal is for 59 percent proficiency -- one point higher than the state's goal.

In order to achieve these goals, each school would need to increase its number of proficient students in all subjects in all grade levels each year.

Board member Scott Shine said the district is the first in the state using an innovative statistical model that sets goals using a mathematical rationale for computation.