3rd grade FSA reading scores released; state, county passing rates up

computerUPDATE: A quarter of Palm Beach County’s third-graders, or more than 3,800, are in danger of failing the grade, a portion only slightly larger than in years past, according to the results of the spring’s statewide reading and writing tests released Thursday by the Florida Department of Education.

More troubling, it appears some of the county’s poorest schools saw significant drops in the number of students passing the test. See the full story here.

On the other hand, 11 schools saw more than 10 percentage point improvements in their pass rates. They were:

 

  • Golden Grove Elementary School, improved by 25 percentage points
  • Cypress Trails Elementary School, improved by 22 percentage points
  • Wynnebrook Elementary School, improved by 15 percentage points
  • Palm Beach Gardens Elementary School, improved by 15 percentage points
  • Discovery Key Elementary School, improved by 14 percentage points
  • Manatee Elementary School, improved by 13 percentage points
  • Heritage Elementary School, improved by 13 percentage points
  • Pahokee Elementary School, improved by 13 percentage points
  • Pleasant City Elementary School, improved by 11 percentage points
  • West Gate Elementary School, improved by 11 percentage points
  • Sandpiper Shores Elementary School, improved by 11 percentage points

“We celebrate the schools that showed significant improvements this year, and appreciate our students’ and teachers’ efforts to raise their reading levels,” said Superintendent Robert Avossa. “But we also recognize that we have significant work ahead of us, which is why our District’s strategic plan places an emphasis on raising reading levels for our youngest students.”
 

 

Original post Thursday afternoon: The state has released the results of this spring’s third grade English Language Arts test, the one statewide exam that can determine whether a child goes straight to fourth grade or seek an alternative path that can include a portfolio assessment or remediation over the summer.

Statewide, the percent of third grade students passing the exam went up one point from 53 percent to 54 percent.

Palm Beach County School District again fell short of the state average, but also saw a slight uptick in the passing rate, going from 51 percent to 52 percent.

See Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie school passing rates and more here. 

The test scores are broken into five levels and “passing” by state law is a level 3. But consider 3 a “C” grade. By state law, districts and parents must concern themselves with level 1 – only students scoring in level 1 must find another way to prove they have adequate language skills to move on to fourth grade.

Statewide, 22 percent of students fall in level 1. In Palm Beach County, 25 percent do.

Other struggling students can also be held back or face remediation, but that is up to each district to decide.

Check back later for details.

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