Posted 6/9/2017 12:00:00 AM by Kimberly Allen, Ph.D. in News/Blog
For our city to become all that we know it can be, we must ensure that all of our children have the opportunity to learn and develop. Great public school teachers and strong district leadership make the difference when it comes to preparing our city’s children for success. Yesterday, the 2016-2017 Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) scores were released. The results show Duval County students continue to improve in English Language Arts (ELA) and math, keeping pace with increases across the state.
As a whole, Florida students statewide are making improvements:
In grades 3-10, the percentage of students who passed the ELA portion of the FSA increased by 2 percentage points.
In grades 3-8, the percentage of students who passed FSA math and end-of-course assessments (EOCs) increased by 2 percentage points.
Certain grade levels achieved particularly impressive improvements:
Third grade performance increased by 4 percentage points in ELA.
Fourth grade performance increased by 4 percentage points in ELA and 5 percentage points in mathematics.
As previously stated, Duval County has progressed at the same rate as the state:
In grades 3-10, the percentage of students who passed FSA ELA increased by 2 percentage points.
In grades 3-8, the percentage of students who passed FSA math and EOCs increased by 2 percentage points.
Here’s how Duval County compared to the other Big 7 school districts in the state of Florida (Broward, Dade, Duval, Hillsborough, Orange, Palm Beach, and Pinellas):
In grades 3-10, five of the seven Big 7 school districts saw a 2 percentage point increase in students who passed FSA ELA with the exception of Orange and Palm Beach counties who saw a 1 percentage point increase.
In grades 3-8, Dade and Orange counties experienced a 3 percentage point increase in students who passed FSA math and EOCs followed by Broward and Duval counties with 2 percentage point increases, Palm Beach and Pinellas counties with a 1 percentage point increase, and Hillsborough county which did not show an increase.
Visit the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) website for granular reporting by grade level.
Giving our children a strong head start in life gives our city a strong start to be all that we know it can be, and we are on our way to achieving excellence for all young people in Duval County. It all starts with a high quality public education driven by the excellent teachers and leaders working in and around our public schools each and every day! To keep up with opportunities about how you can support our work with public schools or get involved directly, subscribe to our email list.