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Sarasota County Schools Outperform State Averages in FSA Testing

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Strategic improvements led to the school district’s success

SARASOTA COUNTY, June 14, 2018 – According to results released earlier today by the Florida Department of Education, the Sarasota County School District scored higher than state averages in all categories of the 2018 Florida Standards Assessment (FSA). The percentage of students who were proficient in English Language Arts increased from 2 to 5 percentage points in grades eight, nine and 10 and remained consistent in grade five. There were slight declines in grades three, four, six and seven compared to last year, however.

In 2018, the school district’s mathematics proficiency rates improved in grades three, five, and seven and remained consistent in grade six. There were declines in grades four and eight.

In addition to the FSA, the percentage of students passing End of Course (EOC) Assessments is also higher than the state average in all subjects tested. The percentage of students passing EOC assessments increased 6 points in Algebra 1 and one point in Geometry.

For all grades three through 10, Sarasota County Schools ranks among the top six school districts in English Language Arts and the top 10 school districts for mathematics. There are 67 school districts in the state of Florida. 

“I am encouraged by the numbers and how well our students performed overall,” noted Dr. Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “Our children did exceptionally well in math and science this year, which were areas of focus for the school district. Also, we strategically emphasized curriculum at the high school level by adding Assistant Principal for Curriculum positions at each of our high schools. These added resources, coupled with the most dedicated and innovative teachers in the state of Florida, have paid off tremendously to promote student success.” 

Results are based on all students tested, including charter school students, English-language learners and students with disabilities. The third-grade English Language Arts results released in May are reported again with the grades released today to provide a comprehensive review of student performance. Test results of the school district’s accomplishments in closing the achievement gap as well as demographic data have not yet been released by the Florida Department of Education. 

Highlights of the FSA results are as follows:

English Language Arts:

  • District English Language Arts proficiency rates are 11 to 13 percentage points higher than state rates across grades three through 10.
  • The percent of district students scoring in English Language Arts achievement levels 3-5 (levels indicating proficiency) in the school year 2017-2018 increased in grades eight through 10, and remained consistent in grade five compared to last school year. Percentages declined slightly in grades three, four, six and seven. 


  • Sarasota County students’ proficiency rates in mathematics are 9 to 19 percentage points higher than state averages across all grades.  
  • The 2018 district mathematics proficiency rates improved at grades three, five and seven but declined in grades four and eight compared to last school year.  The rate remained consistent in grade six.

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