The state’s Department of Education has released the results of the spring Florida Standards Assessments and End-of-Course exams Friday morning. Statewide, it appears students from elementary to high school made slight gains overall in math and remained steady in English language arts for elementary and middle school while dropping slightly in high school.
In grades 3 through 5, 58 percent of students passed with a score of level 3 or higher, an increase of 1 percent over last year. In grades 6 through 8, 56 percent earned passing marks.
The highlights in the Palm Beach County, according to the DOE summary, include:
- Improved four percentage points in Civics, with 70 percent of students scoring Level 3 or higher.
- Increased four percentage points in Algebra 2
- Improved three percentage points for students younger than high school age in Algebra 1, with 93 percent scoring Level 3 or higher.
- Moved up three percentage points in Grades 3-5 Mathematics combined (Florida Standards Assessment and End-of-Course assessments).
In English language arts, Palm Beach County elementary students in grades 3 through 5 held steady with 53 percent passing, a number that matches the state’s overall rate. In middle school, local students in grades 6-8 pushed the passing rate up one percentage point to 54 percent, just above the state’s average for those grades.
Both the state and the county saw the passing rate on the high school English language arts test fall slightly, though the county’s high schoolers continue to outperform their peers statewide with a passing rate of 53 percent – the state’s is now at 50 percent.