TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WFLA) – Florida students showed notable improvement in statewide, standardized testing, and narrowed the achievement gap across multiple subjects and grades, the Department of Education announced on Thursday.
Compared to last year, more students passed standardized English language arts, mathematics, civics and U.S. History assessments, while scores for standardized science assessments remained consistent.
The percentage of Florida students passing the state’s key end-of-course (EOC) algebra 1 exam increased by six points this year. And the percentage of students who passed the English language arts (ELA) Florida Assessments in grades 3-10 increased by two points. You must pass these two exams to get high school diploma. Students are allowed to retake the exams to meet the graduation requirement.
The department says the achievement gap between white and African American students in mathematics has narrowed over the last year, and “the performance of student subgroups in English language arts and mathematics improved.”
Overall Highlights for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics
Compared to 2016, more Florida students passed the 2017 statewide, standardized English language arts and mathematics assessments.
o In grades 3-10, the percentage of students who passed the English language arts Florida Standards Assessments increased by 2 points;
o In grades 3-8, the percentage of students who passed the Florida Standards Assessments in mathematics and end-of-course assessments increased by 2 points;
o The percentage of Florida’s students who passed the statewide end-of-course assessment in Algebra 1 increased by 6 points;
o The percentage of Florida’s students who passed the statewide end-of-course assessment in Geometry increased by 2 points; and
o The percentage of Florida’s students who passed the statewide end-of-course assessment in Algebra 2 increased by 9 points.
o Certain grade levels achieved particularly impressive improvements on ELA assessments:
- Third grade performance increased by 4 percentage points in ELA; and
- Fourth grade performance increased by 4 percentage points in ELA and 5 percentage points in mathematics.
Overall Highlights for Science and Social Studies
Compared to 2016, a higher percentage of Florida’s students passed the statewide, standardized assessments in Civics and U.S. History while Science performance remained consistent.
o The percentage of Florida’s students passing the statewide end-of-course assessment in Civics increased by 2 points; and
o The percentage of Florida’s students passing the statewide end-of-course assessment in U.S. History increased by 1 point.
“Today’s announcement is great news for Florida’s students and demonstrates that Florida’s dedicated teachers coupled with our continued focus on education is helping them succeed. The accomplishments of our students are proof that we cannot take our foot off the gas and must continue to provide record funding for Florida’s education system,” said Governor Rick Scott.
See how your school/district improved:
English Language Arts
FSA Algebra 1 EOC
To find out the results for other grades and subjects, click on this link to data from the Department of Education.
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